Keep an eye on the most serious human disaster in Horn of Africa
July 25, FAO held an emergency ministerial meeting at headquarters in Rome, Italy, to discuss the worsening drought and famine of "Horn of Africa," FAO Director-General at the meeting called the famine as one of the most serious human disaster in the world. "Horn of Africa" regions are currently experiencing the worst drought in past 60 years; most parts of the Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia are suffering the disaster. Allegedly, the drought affected as many as 11.5 million people, in which malnutrition and mortality rates of children are extraordinarily high. In the most serious country, Somalia, nearly 4,000 people every day flee to refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia.
La Nina weather phenomenon is the main reason of the drought in "Horn of Africa," But natural disaster isn’t the only reason for such severe famine, "Drought, inflation and domestic conflict and other factors lead to this catastrophic situation." FAO Director-General said. Recent years, continuous national wars in "Horn of Africa" lead to anarchy and can’t deal with the natural disasters. In addition, with violence spreading across the regions, the aid of outside world can’t be delivered, which also exacerbated the famine.