A Closer Look at Famine

Why do famines still plague us?

The Crisis in East Africa Is About More Than Drought 1

Photograph by Per-Anders Pettersson, Eyevine

Amid a continuing drought, Somali refugees arrive in a camp in Kenya, across the border from continuing violence.

In East Africa, a humanitarian disaster is fast unfolding. The worst drought in 60 years means that crops have failed and livestock have perished. Poverty, climate change, and rising grain prices are combining to endanger a population already vulnerable to malnutrition and hunger-related diseases. More than 10 million people are affected across areas of Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. Multitudes are on the move, leaving their homes and walking hundreds of miles to seek food and medicine