An acute humanitarian emergency is unfolding in Doolo zone, in Ethiopia’s Somali region, as malnutrition reaches alarming levels, warns Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), whose teams are working in Doolo zone, the worst affected area.
As the effects of the El Niño drought in Ethiopia continues, the poverty-fighting organization CARE warns that of the 10.2 million people affected, an estimated 404,000 pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are at particular risk of malnutrition and complications during pregnancy due to the devastating food shortages.
A biblical hunger crisis is unfolding in Ethiopia that is like no other in history of this drought-stricken country. Malnutrition, hunger, and lack of water have resulted in a state rife with individuals deemed “food insecure,” with numbers officially reaching the tens of millions.
The UN says the worst drought in 30 years in Ethiopia means 400,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and more than 10 million people need food aid. It has appealed for a $50m cash injection to help the country deal with its worst drought in decades.
The Ethiopian government today announced that the number of Ethiopians who desperately need emergency food aid because of drought will rise to 10.2 million in January.
The drought, blamed on the El Nino weather phenomenon caused by Pacific Ocean warming, was the worst in 50 years, and more than half of them are children, the UN children’s charity Save the Children says.