The Horn of Africa region faces grave consequences if a fifth consecutive failed rainy season occurs, according to the UN’s weather agency.
As the effects of climate change become more pronounced, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya are already suffering from the worst drought in 40 years.
“The drought is the biggest problem in this area because most of the pans have dried up due to the prolonged dry spell that has lasted at least three years. This resulted in numerous animals dying and food insecurity because the majority of households lack access to water “, stated Simon Nzioka, the Danish Refugee Council’s country director in Kenya.
With less than 4% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, African countries are among those least responsible for global warming.
However, they are also among the nations that are most vulnerable to climate impacts, such as cyclones, floods, and worsening drought.
African nations gathered last week for Africa Climate Week in Libreville, Gabon, to decide on a joint effort to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The gathering last week was one of several gatherings leading up to the COP27 in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, which will take place from November 6 to 18.