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Coping with drought in Ethiopia's Somali region

In the south eastern part of Ethiopia, bordering the country of Somalia, lies Ethiopia's Somali region which is home to over 4 million people.

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Most are pastoralist though some also grow a small amount of crops.

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Traditionally this area is dry and relies heavily on seasonal rains.

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But the lack of these rains at the end of 2010 has resulted in drought.

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There is extra pressure on existing water supplies as many inhabitants have been forced to seek out water holes for household needs...

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For some the water source is a trek of six hours - and then six hours back.

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And due to the limited amount that can be carried, this journey is made every other day.

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The few crops grown have failed and with livestock weakening, more than a million people in this region will require food assistance to get them through the coming months.

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With the help of donations from KWF in Germany, WFP has been able to reach quickly to this emergency situation.

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By working together with the local government and residents, WFP ensures that the most needy communities are targeted.

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And within those communities the food is received by the most vulnerable, such as the elderly...

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...and the young.

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The food received through WFP has made a vital difference to so many people's lives.

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The failure of seasonal rains has caused a drought in the Somali region of Ethiopia.