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Ukraine War, drought fuel hunger crisis in Africa

DW, 14 May 2022
The UN says the Horn of Africa is experiencing its worst drought in four decades, and the problem is compounded by a lack of humanitarian aid.
As a result, millions could face famine in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti. The ongoing war in Ukraine is further worsening the already worrying situation. Somalia in particular is the worst affected. DW Correspondent Mariel Mueller traveled to the town of Dollow, where three camps for internally displaced people have sprung up in the last few months.
And it's not just the Horn of Africa facing a humanitarian crisis. Some West African countries are also struggling to meet food security demands. But the crisis there is mainly driven by Islamist insurgencies that have forced millions of people off their land in countries like Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Nigeria.
Many who rely on farming for their survival are prevented from accessing it. DW's Flourish Chukwurah went to Maiduguri in Nigeria to meet one farmer who's afraid to go back even though the government says it is safe to return.
But food security is just one of the issues affecting Africa. Leaders recognize the need for more collaborative solutions to make life bearable for many on the continent.
This week, politicians and other decision-makers from Africa and Europe got together in Berlin for what is called the Africa Roundtable. The event addressed topics including how the war in Ukraine is impacting lives across Africa. Decision makers at the event included, Amadou Hott, Senegal's Minister of Economy, Planning & Cooperation.


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