Poor rains in Kenya deepens drought

The number of children in need of life-saving aid continues to grow in Kenya amid one of most punishing droughts in years and another disappointing rainy season, the United Nations’ children agency said on Friday.

With crops failing and livestock producing too little milk, nearly 370,000 children across the East African country aren’t getting enough to eat, an increase of 30,000 from February, UNICEF said.

Kenya, despite having the highest per capita income in the region, has been ravaged by what the United Nations calls the worst drought since the 2011 Horn of Africa food crisis that led to famine in parts of Somalia.

Kenya’s northern Turkana and Marsabit counties, home to pastoralist communities, have been hardest hit, with one in three children there acutely malnourished.

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