The IGAD Council of Ministers have appealed to the International community for support in tackling the already severe famine affecting about 10 million people in the region.
On Friday the Council held a consultative meeting on urgent issues affecting the region at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa chaired by the Ethiopian Exterior Minister, viagra approved http://citybreakguide.ro/wp-admin/includes/admin-filters.php Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu.
Famine became the most pressing matter at the assembly that was attended by all Foreign Affairs ministers including Mohamoud Ali Youssouf of Djibouti, http://chancellorinsja.com/wp-admin/includes/list-table.php Abdisalam Hadji Omar of Somalia, http://communalp.at/wp-admin/includes/schema.php Prof. Ibrahim, Ghandour of Sudan and Sam Kutesa of Uganda. Kenya was represented by Dr. Amb. Monica Juma, Principal Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“We express serious concerns about drought emergencies and cases of famine and also acknowledged the likelihood of further deterioration of the situation due to low rainfall forecasts for the coming months that will lead to further collapse of agricultural production,” part of the statement released on Saturday evening said.
“In this regard, the Council calls for enhanced support by the international community to complement efforts at national and regional level.”
South Sudan is the most affected country in the region with 4.9 million people going to bed hungry according to the World Food Programme figures. The situation in the young nation is worsened by the bloody internal conflict that has entered the fourth year.
In Somalia 3 million people are food insecure. Early this month the Horn of African nation’s Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Haire made an astonishing statement that 110 people are dying in South-Western Bay every 48 hours.
President Mohamed Abdullahi declared drought a national disaster early this year.
In Kenya 3 million people from mainly the semi-arid south-east regions as well as parts of central and western are facing sever famine.
In Uganda 1.5 million people in the North-East and cattle corridor are also affected by famine.