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Drought in Chad: An update from one of the hardest-hit areas [Q&A]
August 16, 2012 by Sophia Jones-Mwangi
|The Mongo district of Chad has been hit especially hard by the ongoing drought in Africa's Sahel region. Photo: Sophia Jones-Mwangi|
Chad is experiencing its worst drought in several years. In 2010, five regions of this vast country were affected. This year it is eight. To exacerbate the situation, violent conflicts in neighboring countries have cut off sources of food and income that the people in these regions relied on.
Have the rains started? Will the drought affect food crops?
Are people still going hungry?
Yes, people still have little to eat. They are feeling the effects of the drought – it is very hard for them. They will be dependent on food aid until September when the harvest is expected. The World Food Program has started food distributions throughout the region. It is a small improvement and only enough for people to survive on.
How is the health of the children you are treating?
What is the IRC doing in Mongo?