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Slow Africa drought response 'cost lives'
Charities say donors ignored early warnings, leading to loss of many more lives in Horn of Africa.
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2012 16:20

The deaths of up to 100,000 people in the drought-affected Horn of Africa could have been minimised had there been a swifter reaction from the international community and aid agencies, according to a report.

The study by Oxfam and Save the Children says early warning systems forecast an emergency situation as early as August 2010, but a full-scale response to the drought did not start until July last year.

It said donors wanted "proof of a human catastrophe before acting to prevent one".

By that time, malnutrition levels had deteriorated and parts of Somalia had already been declared famine zones.

Al Jazeera's Barbara Angopa reports.

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