According to the United Nations, some 12 million people are caught in the drought.
The resultant famine conditions are exacerbated by limited health care facilities, and weak water and sanitation infrastructure, with attendant threats of diseases such as cholera.
“It is impossible not to be moved by the distressing images of innocent children suffering helplessly at the hands of a natural disaster on this scale,” President Jagdeo said.
“The hearts, minds, and thoughts of all Guyanese people are with our brothers and sisters in East Africa. We pray that relief comes to them in shortest possible time.”
The Guyanese leader also called on the global community to galvanise itself into a full response with the greatest urgency, so that the unfolding human disaster can be averted.