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Eritrea is in the grips of one of its worst droughts recorded in recent history. A recent analysis by famine experts shows a rapid decline in the purchasing power of the poor, resulting in extreme food shortages for many. Some additional 300,000 metric tons of food aid are urgently needed to meet the country’s needs this year.
The effects of drought continue to deepen in Eritrea. Distress signs are mounting: increased malnutrition, selling off of livestock, livestock deaths, drying-up of wells and traditional water sources, increases in the price of local grain and the scarcity of food in markets in remote areas.