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Somalia Drought

August 10, 2011

Couple of Articles on the dire situation in the Horn of Africa

Full Article at http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/decapua-somalia-dadaab-update-10aug11-127453423.html

Over 1,000 Somali Refugees a Day Arrive at Kenya Camps

By Joe DeCapua

There’s no slowdown in the number of Somalis arriving at the Dadaab refugee camps in northeastern Kenya. The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) says thousands more are arriving each week. Drought and famine are forcing many people to walk 15 to 20 days in dry, dusty weather to reach the camps.

“The average daily arrivals for the first week of August was over 1,400 and that brings the new arrivals to that camp so far this year to about 127,000. In July, we had more than we ever had in the 20-year history of the camp. It was over 40,000 people and it looks like we’re well on the way to that again,” said UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond, who spent most of this week at Dadaab.

Full Article at http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/decapua-somalia-dadaab-update-10aug11-127453423.html

Second Article

Full Article at http://www.climateactionprogramme.org/news/extreme_drought_climate_change_and_security_in_somalia/

Extreme drought, climate change and security in Somalia

By Angus Hutchison

Global security is being threatened by climate change and resulting natural disasters, such as the drought afflicting Somalia, according to the UN chief.

At a UN Security Council debate on the links between global security and climate change on Wednesday (20 July), UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon spelled out the risks associated with rising temperatures worldwide. He said: “Extreme weather events continue to grow more frequent and intense in rich and poor countries alike, not only devastating lives, but also infrastructure, institutions, and budgets.”

Somalia is currently experiencing one of its worst droughts for 60 years. On Wednesday the UN declared that the country was in a state of famine, as around 3.7 million Somalis face a food crisis.

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Yesterday (Thursday 21 July), John Vidal wrote about the increase in extreme droughts in Somalia on the Guardian website. He said: “They started having droughts every seven years; in the 1980s they came about every five years and in the 1990s every two or three. Since 2000 there have been three major droughts and several dry spells”.

International aid and donor agencies have been dispatching provisions to the area and calling for more money to be spent but Kevin Cleaver, Associate Vice President of IFAD suggests that more can be done by governments and business in the interim period between extreme events to help developing countries. He said: “Although governments and their development partners cannot make the rains come, they can mitigate the impact of these recurring droughts in East Africa by helping farmers and herders build resilience to these inevitable meteorological occurrences.”

Full Article at http://www.climateactionprogramme.org/news/extreme_drought_climate_change_and_security_in_somalia/

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