As in any emergency, women are most affected by the drought in Somaliland. There is much that Australia could learn from how they respond to the disaster

For three years now, Somaliland, like much of East Africa, has experienced extreme drought. Drought that has become more and more severe, until earlier this year, with thousands on the brink of starvation, the government of Somaliland declared a national emergency.

The crisis should serve as a warning to the rest of the world to prepare—and prepare well—for extreme weather events, which are occurring with greater frequency and ferocity than ever before.

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