Dan Maxwell and colleagues take action as famine risk rises in Horn of Africa

November 2022


The situation in the Horn of Africa, particularly Somalia, is continuing to worsen. In May 2022, according to The New Humanitarian, after “four droughts in a row, as many as 17 million people are going hungry in three countries in the Horn of Africa, with aid agencies warning that the hardest-hit areas are threatened by famine.” In September the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Famine Review Committee projected famine in two districts in Somalia for the period of October – December 2022.

Dan Maxwell and colleagues started raising the alarms early in 2022. They continue to do so as the situation in Somalia and the region continues to worsen.

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