The drought engulfing the Horn of Africa is now the worst humanitarian disaster in the world.
That is the opinion of the UN’s refugee chief, Antonio Guterres, who has been touring the biggest refugee camp in the world.
Somalians in particular have been flocking to the Dadaab camps in Kenya in vast numbers. A quarter of the population is estimated to be on the move.
“Here, on the outskirts of the Somali refugee camp of Dadaab, we have the poorest of the poor, the most vulnerable of the vulnerable in the world,” said Guterres.
The epicentre of the drought lies on the threeway border shared by Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia where in some areas there have been no harvests at all in two years.
It is the worst in six decades and now affects some 10 million people.
Around 1,500 starving refugees arrive here every day. But many are desperately ill and resources are stretched to the limit. So every day some of them die.
Guterres has launched an urgent appeal for food aid both in the camp and in the affected countries to combat this growing crisis.