The cri­sis in num­bers

Element - - Global Bulletin -

• Last month the UN in­creased its ap­peals for So­ma­lia and Kenya by US$600m, bring­ing the fund­ing short­fall to US$1.47 bil­lion. • A to­tal of al­most 12 mil­lion peo­ple are af­fected so far: 4.5 mil­lion in Ethiopia, 3.5 mil­lion in Kenya, 2.85 mil­lion in So­ma­lia, and 600,000 in Uganda. A fur­ther 7.5 mil­lion peo­ple in Ethiopia are re­ceiv­ing tar­geted food or cash-based as­sis­tance through the gov­ern­ment-run Pro­duc­tive Safety Net Pro­gramme. • Mal­nu­tri­tion fig­ures across the re­gion show many af­fected ar­eas are far be­yond the “very crit­i­cal” thresh­old of 20 per cent Gen­eral Acute Mal­nu­tri­tion (GAM) and 5 per cent Se­vere Acute Mal­nu­tri­tion (SAM) estab­lished by the WHO. A sur­vey con­ducted in Bokol­mayo camp in Ethiopia found GAM rates amongst new arrivals of 47.2 per cent and SAM rates of 23.6 per cent. • Prices of sta­ple ce­re­als in the re­gion re­main much higher than last year. In south­ern So­ma­lia, red sorghum prices have risen by up to 240 per cent over the last year. • Around 9000 refugees a week have been ar­riv­ing in the Dadaab camp in north-east­ern Kenya, com­pared to an av­er­age of 6-8000 a month dur­ing 2010.

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