21 million people affected by drought and more than 50 million face food insecurity in Africa (United Nations)

The United Nations revealed that more than 21 million people were affected by the drought, after four consecutive seasons of poor rains in four African countries, namely Somalia, northern Kenya, southern and eastern Ethiopia.

A United Nations spokesman stressed that funding is urgently needed to prevent large-scale loss of life, especially with the possibility of a fifth weak rainy season this fall.

The United Nations expects more than 50 million people to face high levels of acute food insecurity this year in seven member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), namely Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

The source indicated that some 300,000 people in Somalia and South Sudan are expected to face acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 5) with the possibility of famine in eight regions of Somalia, if large-scale crop and livestock production fails. scale, increasing food costs, and in the absence of increased humanitarian assistance.