photo by tony karumba of a somali girl taking shelter under her father as they queue for a meal at the dadaab refugee camp in eastern kenya. they were displaced by drought and the consequent famine which occurred two summers ago in the african horn. it affected more than 13 million people, and continues to leave more than half in need of assistance.
with mean annual temperatures rising and rain patterns becoming more unpredictable in east africa, “events like this have a higher probability of occurring as a result of climate change,” says the uk government’s chief science adviser.
the year of the drought was for many in the horn the driest in 60 years. where drought related shocks used to occur every ten years, they now occur every five years or less. borana communities in ethiopia say they now occur every 1-2 years instead of every 6-8 years.
though the cause of the famine wasn’t reducible only to climate change, a necessary condition of ensuring long term food security in east africa nevertheless remains for those in the developed world to shrink their carbon footprints.
An Indian Hindu Sadhu holds his adopted child, Bajrangi, while walking on the banks of the Sangam, on father’s day in Allahabad on June 16, 2013.
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