According to United Nations relief head Martin Griffiths, up to 2 million children risk starvation in the Horn of Africa, which is experiencing one of its worst droughts in decades.
Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia are experiencing the driest weather in more than 40 years, and humanitarian groups are attempting to avert a repetition of a famine that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives a decade ago.
Griffiths stated during a closed-door donor conference in Geneva that the organisation possessed only a fraction of the $1.4 billion required to respond to the drought.
“… The sobering reality we must face today is that we are once again in a race against time to avoid widespread death in 2022, and we lack the means to do it,” he added in remarks given remotely. “We must act without hesitation now. Literally, lives are on the line “‘He stated.
A fourth failed rainy season in the region is now a distinct possibility, resulting in what Griffiths described as “one of the biggest climate-related calamities in the region’s history.”
Already, over 15 million people in the region are suffering from severe hunger, and herders have lost around 3 million livestock to drought, he noted.
The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s top climate scientific authority, predicted that as temperatures continue to rise, heatwaves, droughts, and extreme rains will become more common.