An estimated 12 million people are on the verge of starvation due to lack of rain over two consecutive seasons, escalating food prices and conflict in Somalia. It is being describes as the worst drought in 60 years. The countries affected are Somalia, South east of Ethiopia, Northern Kenya and the Karamoja region of Northern Uganda. Stock and crop losses are high across all affected countries Refugees fleeing conflict and forced to move for food are pouring into Kenya putting pressure on resources in refugee camps. More than 1,300 people - the majority of whom are youngsters - are arriving in the Dadaab refugee camp in eastern Kenya near the border with Somalia every day. Many have walked for days without food and water and are arriving close to death in some cases, especially children and women. The international community needs to respond generously.
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