Aid Group Delivers Supplies to Famine-Stricken Kenya

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The famine gripping the horn of Africa is spreading.

In Somalia, the United Nations says tens of thousands of people have already died in the worst drought to plague the area in more than 60 years.

The famine and drought have also killed more than 29,000 children under the age of five, according to U.S. estimates. That number is based on nutrition and mortality surveys verified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The U.N. says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, a statistic that suggests the death toll of small children will rise.

Reports of severe food shortages and famine have also emerged from northern Kenya.

CBN's Operation Blessing International has relief teams in Kenya, delivering food and emergency relief to more than 700 families.

David Darg, OBI's director of international disaster relief, spoke to CBN News near Turkana, Kenya.

"Operation Blessing has come to Kenya in response to the famine that's sweeping East Africa.  The Turkana people are very beautiful and wear fantastic-looking jewely.  But underneath that -- they are facing a serious problem," he said.

"They are facing extreme food shortages due to a drought that has lasted for years.  The rains just haven't come.  Operation Blessing is providing emergency food relief to these people and other people in the area," Darg explained.

"At one distribution point, Operation Blessing distributed 12 tons of corn brought in by our own trucks to the desert region of northern Kenya," he added.

It is estimated about 3.5 million Kenyans are affected by the crisis.

Find out how you can help CBN's Operation Blessing International with disaster relief projects at home and around the world.

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