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Worst Drought in 40 Years Threatens Millions in Horn of Africa

Villagers in withered maize crop field in Kidemu, Kenya, March 23.

Villagers in withered maize crop field in Kidemu, Kenya, March 23.

Photographer: Dong Jianghui/Xinhua/Getty Images

A fourth failed rain in the Horn of Africa could further exacerbate hunger that’s threatening the lives of 13 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, the U.N.’s World Food Programme has warned. 

The drought has been particularly devastating for the pastoral communities who depend on animals for their livelihoods, according to Michael Dunford, WFP’s regional director for Eastern Africa. An estimated 3 million livestock have already died due to a lack of food and water, he said.