last night on this broadcast, we brought you a report about a tragedy unfolding
halfway around the world
horn of africa
. as we continue our reporting tonight, we warn you again that some of the images in tonight's report are hard to watch. at first, the massive drought that has swept across
and ethiopia appears to be a crisis caused entirely by nature, a simple but severe lack of rain. but the resulting famine and refugee crisis is something more than that. it is a disaster that is in large part man made. nbc's
kachroo has the report tonight from nairobi,
, and a reminder that tonight some of what you will see will be tough.
lester, this crisis has been caused by years of
, months of
, and every day it seems to get much worse. people around the world are trying to help, but today insurgents in
said that they would do their best to prevent them that help from getting through to those who need it the most. his name is ahmed, 8 months old and desperately ill at a camp near mogadishu. not
him, 1-year-old twins arrive, seriously malnourished. here it is the children that are most at risk.
the mothers and the children. i'm not sure many of them will be alive in the next week or two.
, a crisis made by nature has been made worse by man. the islamist
, which controls many of the worst affected areas, said today we'll continue to block
, claiming there is no famine, and calling the
' declaration to the contrary "pure propaganda." the wrenching images being seen around the world tell a very different story. the u.n.'s
world food program
says that despite the danger, it will airlift food to the area in the next few days.
it is the most dangerous and risky environment in the world. the
world food program
lost 14 people since
, 14 of our relief workers in
, simply trying to get food to a child.
the people are fleeing
by the hundreds of thousands many to makeshift camps in
. this woman tells me to get here she walked for an entire month from northern
with her children. along the way, she took in another child, she found him alone, his mother had died from hunger as they traveled south. concern is greater for those they
. those who can't find aid and haven't yet been found by the relief agencies. it might seem unusual to describe ahmed or any of those children as being lucky, but in one way they are because they have found assistance and there are many more children right across this region who have no immediate prospects of any help. lester?
kachroo, thank you.