Famine in the Horn of Africa: The human face of drought and famine.

Notes from different corners of the world.
Aug. 2 2011 5:12 PM

This Is What Famine Looks Like

Scenes from the Dadaab refugee camp.

Click to view a slide show.

DADAAB CAMP, Kenya—The drought in the Horn and East Africa is the worst in 60 years, with more than 12 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Kenya in urgent need of food and assistance. The United Nations has declared a famine in two regions of southern Somalia, and the rest of southern Somalia is at growing risk.

In response, aid groups such as the International Rescue Committee are stepping up their efforts across the region. The IRC is also aiding tens of thousands of Somali refugees who are pouring into camps in Kenya and Ethiopia—many barely clinging to life. In a hospital in Dadaab, Kenya—the largest refugee camp in the world—the IRC is treating some 500 Somali refugees every day.

Click here to see photographs of some of the refugees receiving treatment at the camp.

Peter Biro is the senior communications officer for the International Rescue Committee. Currently based in Thailand, he reports on the IRC's humanitarian aid programs. Born in Sweden, he has also worked for the United Nations in Cambodia, East Timor, Kosovo, and Sierra Leone, and as a print journalist and photographer in Europe and Southeast Asia.

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