Climate Threats Are Multiplying in the Horn of Africa

By Robert Muggah

Published in the Foreign Policy

Jutting out from the second-largest continent, the Horn of Africa is one of the world’s regions most vulnerable to climate change. The four countries on the peninsula—Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia—are warming more quickly than the global average, with dangerous implications for unrest and conflict within and across their borders. Weather in the Horn is also confounding forecasters. Torrential rains give way to torrid dry spells, triggering catastrophic droughts, record-breaking floods, and biblical swarms of desert locusts.

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