Drought threatens African humanitarian crisis

July 1, 2010

"Pastoralists – and settled farmers – from the rural areas are drifting into towns. Not just the men, who usually make seasonal migrations for work, but women and children too. These are sometimes epic journeys of up to 1,000km. Journeys made to escape the hunger.

'It’s difficult for people to adapt to these changes,' Patricia Hoorelbeke, the regional representative for Action Against Hunger, told me over the phone. 'But they have to. They have to move and it’s causing pressure on the land. And when they get to the towns, they have no money. It’s a big problem.'"