AAlso this autumn there was no rain. An unprecedented drought is afflicting millions of Somalis, Ethiopians and Kenyans, and there is no end in sight to the Horn of Africa’s worst drought in at least 40 years. The Famine Early Warning System (fews.net) even expects the situation to deteriorate in the coming months, and aid organizations are sounding the alarm. But it hardly seems possible to avert a great famine.
Once again, the world is looking at an announced catastrophe in north-east Africa, where the famine of 1985 was supposed to remain a terrible exception. Even after the devastating famine eleven years ago, it was said that this should never happen again. But now the crises of the world – climate, pandemic, war, inflation, hunger – are accumulating in the already battered region. To make matters worse, grain imports are further restricted because of Russia’s war in Ukraine.