Why does Africa experience persistent droughts?



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    Africa is naturally a dry region.  Droughts in the north are attributed to the Saharan Desert, which only receives around 3 inches of precipitation annually.  The other area that sees large periods of drought is the region stretching from Northern Kenya through Central Somalia down to Eastern Ethiopia, which is home to millions of people.  Since 1951, this region has not received regular rainfall.  This, sadly, is normal for those parts of Africa.

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    Also, with climate change now upon us, droughts and hotter weather are becoming much more severe in many regions around the world. For instance, The Horn of Africa has made the news recently for its prolongued drought. However, scientists are claiming that this drought is just freak weather and not tied to climate change. Like angyyeah mentioned, these types of weather patterns are to be expected in the regions. 

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