Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Famine Lurking in the East

According to the Beja Congress, a famine is expected soon in the East because of water shortages, poor crops and food prices.

The party claims they had warned the government in Khartoom in August of the coming crisis, but no action was taken. Now the price of sorghum (a Sudanese staple) has doubled in price. This is the highest rate of inflation Sudan has seen in 5 years.

Eastern Sudan is in the 'Horn of Africa', thousands of people have died from the famine happening here. The Horn is experiencing its worst droughts ever. According to the UN 12 million are in danger of starvation. Southern Somalia is in the middle of this crisis, but parts of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Djibouti are also being affected.

The Sudanese state minister for labour claims the government is sending convoys of supply food aid to the area.

By: Liz Hasseld

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