U.N. Refugee Agency, World Food Programme Warn Of Food Shortages, Drought In East Africa, Horn, Especially Somalia

VOA News: U.N.: Millions Could Face Severe Food Shortages as Drought Grips Somalia
“The United Nations Refugee Agency warns an estimated 5.4 million people affected by worsening drought in Somalia will likely face severe food shortages by next month without immediate lifesaving assistance. … This latest disaster comes just as Somalis were beginning to recover from the devastating impact of a two-year drought that ended in 2017…” (Schlein, 6/4).

Xinhua News: U.N. agencies warn of rapid hunger increase facing E. Africa, Horn of Africa
“Two United Nations agencies warned Tuesday of the impending danger of a rapid increase in hunger and malnutrition in East Africa and the Horn, particularly Somalia, if the rain season falls short or fails. … [World Food Programme (WFP) Geneva spokesperson Herve Verhoosel] said that with dry conditions since October and rainfall deficits in April and May, WFP estimates the number of food insecure people needing humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, and Djibouti could reach between 14 to 17 million through August…” (6/4).