million people in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti
and the Karamoja region of eastern Uganda from April
through September”. Since then matters have become
Since the summer of 2011 the area has seen the worst
drought in 60 years creating a severe food shortage affecting nearly ten
million in the region exacerbated in countries such as Kenya as
thousands of Somali refugees have fled across the border to escape the
ongoing war in Somalia.
With half of all Kenyans living below the
poverty line and increasing desertification, many are reliant on
outside aid for food and water.
Better than expected rainfall at
the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010 brought some relief
however by then many subsistence farmers had been forces to eat
the grain for next year's harvest. There have been reports of
conflicts breaking out over access to grazing lands with a water
Unfortunately the short rains between October
to December 2010 were again poor and the drought continued until
heavy flooding took place in September 2012.