UPDATE: The This means that acute malnutrition rates are over thirty percent, with peaks of fifty percent in certain areas of the country’s South. officially declared ’s food crisis a famine in several parts of the country.
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A covergence of drought, rising food costs, and conflict has driven over a quarter of a million people--now quickly approaching half a million--to the Dabaab refugee camps just across the border with Somalia in Northern Kenya. Ten million people live in the drought-striken area, which lies at the crossroads of Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia. Many have not harvested crops in over two years, making this the worst drought to have hit the region in over half a century.