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UNEP warns climate change to escalate conflicts in Horn of Africa

The Horn of Africa region could become an epicenter of violent conflicts as climatic shocks intensify the scramble for grazing lands and water, the Executive Director of UN Environment Program (UNEP), Erik Solheim said.

Speaking during screening of a film called "A Climate for Conflict" in Nairobi on Wednesday night, Solheim noted that global warming will be the main driver of civil strife, terrorism and forced migration in the greater horn of African region.

"There is no denying that climate change will remain a big security challenge not only in Somalia but also in other Horn of African countries. Communities will continue fighting over over-stretched natural resources such as land, pasture and water," Solheim remarked.


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