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Horn of Africa faces most severe drought in more than two generations – UNICEF
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UNICEF believes that Around 20.2 million children are under threat of severe hunger, thirst and disease – compared to 10 million in July – as climate change, conflict, global inflation and grain shortages devastate the region.
Nearly two million children across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are estimated to need urgent treatment for severe acute malnutrition, the deadliest form of hunger, said the Organization.
Meanwhile, water insecurity has more than doubled with close to 24 million people now confronting dire water shortages.
At the same time, drought has internally displaced over two million people and driven approximately 2.7 million children out of school, with an additional four million others at risk of dropping out..
UNICEF’s 2023 emergency appeal of $759 million to support children and their families will require timely and flexible funding, especially surrounding education, water and sanitation, and child protection – all of which were severely underfunded this year.
An additional $690 million is required to support long-term investments for children and their families to recover and adapt to climate change.
Awards for water solutions in UNOVA
The United Nations Office in Vienna hosted the 10th Awards Ceremony of the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW on 13 December 2022.
The Prizewinners are leading international scientists with a diversity of backgrounds — including materials science, chemistry, engineering, and environmental science, as well as hydrology. They won the five prizes for a wide variety of relevant, ground-breaking solutions that promise to help provide needed drinking water to the world’s people, especially in Africa.
Drought, conflict force 80,000 Somalis to shelter in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camps
UNCHCR recently announced that about 24,000 people have arrived at Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camps since the end of September, some of the more than 80,000 mostly Somali taken in there during the past two years, according to UNCHCR spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov.
Even more alarming is the cholera outbreak that has affected host and refugee communities. “Over 350 cases have been identified since the end of October; those are mainly affected children,” the UNHCR spokesperson noted.
“Some 4.5 million Kenyans, mainly in the northern and eastern parts of the country, are also battling with the effects of the devastating drought,” he explained.
Large swathes of Somalia, southern and south-eastern Ethiopia, and northern and eastern Kenya have faced the most prolonged drought in recent history.
“The 2020 to 2022 drought has now surpassed the horrific droughts in 2010 to 2011 and 2016 to 2017 in both duration and severity and will continue to deepen in the months ahead, with catastrophic consequences,” it added, noting that over 9.5 million livestock – which pastoralist families rely upon for sustenance and livelihoods – have already died across the region, including four million in Ethiopia, 2.5 million in Kenya and over three million in Somalia.
African football on right path to the world champion
The World Cup-2022 in Qatar was at least successful for the African continent as Morocco reached the fourth place, compared to Russian Mondial four years ago: Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and Senegal were then out. from the first round.
That means that the African football has made an appointment with world football for the next international matches.
Walid Regragui, coach of Morocco believes that “in 15, 20 years (…) an African team will win the World Cup because we will have learned”.
And he continued: “We have a level to pass. We have to build on that.
With work, with desire.
We can see in the Atlas Lions of Morocco the locomotive of African football
In its long journey to World Champion.
The Lions of Teranga (Senegal) made their contribution to the world of African selections
Tunisia “does not go out the back door” and wins France
Also the Carthage Eagles (Tunisia) offers France, and Cameroon emerges with honors and wins Brazil.
The Black Stars of Ghana wins the match against South Korea.
Beside that 32 player with African Routh participating in the European and American Team, 16 of them in France team.