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Ravages of drought.

Adow Ibrahim All, right, provides water to Ibrahim Osman Mohammed in a remote section of eastern Kenya near the Somali border July 27. Traveling with his cousin, Mohammed left his home in Buale, Somalia, three weeks earlier because severe drought killed most of their animals. Catholic agencies are among the leading organizations providing humanitarian aid to the drought-and famine-ravaged Horn of Africa. The Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa reports that Jesuit Refugee Service, Catholic Relief Services, Caritas Ethiopia and Caritas Kenya have helped thousands of people in northern Kenya and in Somalia since the water crisis hit in November. Association spokesman Fr. Chrisantus Ndaga said insufficient funding and the drought's severity threaten to overwhelm agencies' ability to make much progress against the region's worst food crisis in 60 years. About 12 million people across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are in dire need of food, clean water and basic sanitation, while about 3.7 million people are at risk of starvation in southern Somalia. The U.N. has declared a famine in parts of Somalia, the first such declaration in two decades.

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Title Annotation:US BRIEFS
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:6KENY
Date:Aug 19, 2011
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