In 2011, during the height of the drought that affected much of East Africa, our ED traveled to the region to oversee emergency aid projects and assess the situation on the ground. During a visit to an IDP camp in Mogadishu, he met an elder lady who had described to him the severity of the humanitarian condition on ground. People had left everything they had after the drought destroyed their crops and devastated their livestock. Many had traveled many miles to search for aid, and sadly some did not make it.
The reality is drought, floods and other severe weather conditions in the region is not something that will go away anytime soon due to the onset of climate change. But we must do everything in our power to better prepare, and to create sustainability.