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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.
Most are pastoralist though some also grow a small amount of crops.
Traditionally this area is dry and relies heavily on seasonal rains.
But the lack of these rains at the end of 2010 has resulted in drought.
There is extra pressure on existing water supplies as many inhabitants have been forced to seek out water holes for household needs... well as for their livestock.
For some the water source is a trek of six hours - and then six hours back.
And due to the limited amount that can be carried, this journey is made every other day.
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.
With the help of donations from KWF in Germany, WFP has been able to reach quickly to this emergency situation.
By working together with the local government and residents, WFP ensures that the most needy communities are targeted.
And within those communities the food is received by the most vulnerable, such as the elderly...
...and the young.
The food received through WFP has made a vital difference to so many people's lives.

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