War in Ukraine threatens Horn of Africa’s food crisis

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The Telegraph published this video item, entitled “War in Ukraine threatens Horn of Africa’s food crisis” – below is their description.

The Horn of Africa is facing one of the worst droughts on record.

Some 14 million people across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are at risk of severe hunger and water shortages. In Somaliland, an autonomous region in northern Somalia, it hasn’t rained since April 2021.

Amina Jama Ismail, 40, who lives in Xidhinta village with her eight children, told ActionAid: “Previously there was plenty of rain and water, but now the climate has changed. Every time spring is expected, a drought will replace it.”

She said food and water were the most urgent needs, as people are forced to skip meals and go thirsty, adding: “There are many people who can’t cook tonight, and many others who can’t get water, because water sources are far from them.”

According to the UN, more than a quarter of Somalia’s population urgently needs food aid. About 1.4 million children under five are likely to be acutely malnourished. Conditions are expected to get worse, with no rains due for weeks.

Hibo Aden, women’s rights officer at ActionAid Somaliland, said that Somaliland’s dependency on imports for products like spaghetti, flour and rice, makes it susceptible to shocks in the global food market.

Global food prices had already reached record highs when the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.

More than a quarter of the world’s wheat exports come from Russia and Ukraine. Together, the countries are major exporters of cereals that are crucial for food security globally.

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