Africa: Horn of Africa Drought: HORNOFAFRICADROUGHT007

Fatuma Mohammed, who is roughly 8 months pregnant, sits with her severely malnourished daughter the morning after one of her daughters died in the intensive care section of the MSF hospital in Dagahaley camp, near the Kenyan border with Somalia, August 20, 2011.  Fatuma, like thousands of other Somali refugees, fled a prolonged drought in Somalia about two months ago; the daughter in this image died the following day.  Dadaab, with roughly 400,000 refugees, Dadaab is the largest refugee camp in the world. The camp is grossly over capacity, and the refugees experience an ever-shrinking access to essential services such as water, sanitation, food and shelter, also because they have been sharing their rations with the new arrivals. At the current pace of arrival MSF estimates that the camp’s population will total 500’000 before the end of 2011, and living conditions are only expected to deteriorate further. Without a long-term solution in sight, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is deeply concerned about the fate of the hundreds of thousands of people who seek refuge in Kenya due to the ongoing conflict in Somalia combined with a looming nutritional crisis after several years of droughThe horn of Africa is suffering one of the worst droughts in years, displacing thousands, and killing others through severe malnutrition.The horn of Africa is suffering one of the worst droughts in years, displacing thousands, and killing others through severe malnutrition. In response to the increasing severity of the situation MSF is operating an emergency nutrition intervention in Turkana.

Fatuma Mohammed, who is roughly 8 months pregnant, sits with her severely malnourished daughter the morning after one of her daughters died in the intensive care section of the MSF hospital in Dagahaley camp, near the Kenyan border with Somalia, August 20, 2011. Fatuma, like thousands of other Somali refugees, fled a prolonged drought in Somalia about two months ago; the daughter in this image died the following day. Dadaab, with roughly 400,000 refugees, Dadaab is the largest refugee camp in the world. The camp is grossly over capacity, and the refugees experience an ever-shrinking access to essential services such as water, sanitation, food and shelter, also because they have been sharing their rations with the new arrivals. At the current pace of arrival MSF estimates that the camp’s population will total 500’000 before the end of 2011, and living conditions are only expected to deteriorate further. Without a long-term solution in sight, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is deeply concerned about the fate of the hundreds of thousands of people who seek refuge in Kenya due to the ongoing conflict in Somalia combined with a looming nutritional crisis after several years of droughThe horn of Africa is suffering one of the worst droughts in years, displacing thousands, and killing others through severe malnutrition.The horn of Africa is suffering one of the worst droughts in years, displacing thousands, and killing others through severe malnutrition. In response to the increasing severity of the situation MSF is operating an emergency nutrition intervention in Turkana.