Grand Charity helps region stricken by drought

Friday, 16 September 2011

A severe drought is threatening the lives of more than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa, according to the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA). Poor rainfall in Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Uganda, has led to the driest period in 60 years for some areas.

The devastating conditions have resulted in food insecurity and water scarcity, which is exacerbating already high malnutrition rates. According to OCHA, an estimated 250,000 children under five have moderate acute malnutrition and 40,000 have a severe acute version. And with no rain in sight, there are fears that the situation will worsen.

In response, the Grand Charity has approved an emergency grant of £20,000 to the British Red Cross, to provide emergency relief across the area.

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