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Despite a lack of funding for humanitarian aid and alarming malnutrition rates, the Horn of Africa crisis has almost disappeared from the headlines. Conditions are still dire and assistance is greatly needed.

Below are 8 shocking statistics about the crisis:

1. The World Food Programme is currently able to aid only 7.4 million out of the 9.6 million people they’re hoping to (that’s 77%).

2. Approximately one in every three Somalian citizens have been displaced due to the drought.

3. In the Dollo Ado camps in Ethiopia, acute malnutrition rates among children under 5 years old is 50%.

4. Almost 3.7 million people in Somalia (close to half the population) are facing a humanitarian crisis.

5. Only 63% of the funding ($1.56 billion of $2.5 billion) the UN called for to aid the victims of The Horn of Africa drought has come through.

6. At least 13 people have died in food riots in refugee camps in Somalia.

7. According to a UN report, unless operations are increased, 750,000 people are at risk of death in the next four months.

8. The food aid coming to Somalia can only meet about 10% of the country’s needs.


How to Help African Drought Victims. Also, for those in NYC, Food Republic co-founder Marcus Samuelsson and his wife Maya are hosting a benefit brunch for the Horn of Africa this Sunday at their home in Harlem. Details are here.