CRISIS IN THE HORN OF AFRICA
The Horn of Africa has been ravaged by one of the worst droughts in decades. In many places there have been no rains at all for two years, pushing almost 13 million people to the brink of starvation as their soil is reduced to arid dust. While many East African countries, including Kenya, have been affected by the lack of rain, in Somalia the problem has been exacerbated by persistent conflict between the Islamist al-Shabab group and government forces.
In Dadaab camp, north-east Kenya, where 380,000 victims of drought are concentrated in one place - thousands of many more Somalis have been arriving every month in a final attempt to escape hunger and instability in their homeland. It is already the world's largest refugee camp and if the influx continues its population is expected to reach more than half a million by 2012.
Meanwhile, as the world focuses on Somalia and the starving refugees pouring across the Kenyan border, Kenya is on the brink of its own famine with some 3.5 million people at risk of malnutrition.