Drought threatening Somali nomads UN humanitarian office says

“The current drought in Sool Plateau and Gebi Valley, Somalia, is the worst in living memory, according to a recent inter-agency assessment of 10 villages and other sites in the area,” OCHA said. “For four years, rains have either partially or completely failed.”More than 90,000 out of the 650,000 people in the area are at risk of starvation, it said.Herds of pack camels were experiencing mortality rates of over 80 per cent and the surviving camels were failing to reproduce. Milk production had plummeted and the drought-induced infertility meant that the herds would not recover, OCHA said.A collapse of the pastoral economy and social support systems could cause rapid deterioration of the villagers’ nutritional status, large-scale migration to towns and increased mortality and morbidity, it said.OCHA was distributing immediate emergency aid and would create food-for-work projects to support and rebuild village livelihoods, beginning next February, it said. read more

Read More →

Exchange Program photo contest winners

The winners of the annual Exchange Program photo contest have been announced.Twenty people submitted 133 pictures in the contest, which has three categories – landscape, culture and personal photos.An Exchange Fair is happening Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the Guernsey Market from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Read More →