06 Aug '11, 4pm

Brendan DeMelle | East Africa Food Crisis: 48 Hour Fundraiser This

• More than 12 million people are affected in Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Sudan and Uganda • Nearly half of Somalia's population is facing a humanitarian crisis - almost 3.7 million people • Over 2 million children under the age of five who are suffering from malnutrition; 480,000 are severely malnourished • UN declares famine in two districts- Bakool and Lower Shabelle - in southern Somalia; anticipates spread of famine throughout the entire southern Somalia region. • Women are disproportionally affected by the drought as they are the last to eat when food is limited. • Aid response nearly $1 billion short of what is needed • Immunizations have begun in Daab Refugee camp, where medical teams are in serious need of additional supplies. • Over $1bn has been committed but a further $1bn is still required to save thousands of lives

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/east-africa-food-crisis-48-hour...

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