Scarlett Johansson seeks help for Africa

Scarlett Johansson has called for "extreme action" to be taken to tackle the famine crisis sweeping across the Horn of Africa, following a harrowing visit to a refugee camp in Kenya.

The Lost In Translation star, currently in the midst of a topless photo scandal, serves as an Oxfam Ambassador and recently jetted to the East African republic to witness the plight of millions of Somali refugees who have left their homes in a bid to find food.

Johansson has vowed to highlight the issues which urgently need to be addressed by world leaders.

"The scale of poverty in Dadaab (refugee camp) is overwhelming," she says.

"I met countless women like Hawa, a local community leader, who lamented the seemingly endless struggle of the Somali people, as refugees of war and starvation and now left to suffer everyday life with the very barest of essentials.

"This is a longterm and escalating crisis exacerbated by political conflict, famine and drought that can no longer be ignored. Over half the Somalis that have died are children; an entire generation lost.

"This is no longer an issue that can only garner some attention, some of the time. Extreme action must be taken by the global community now."

- AAP

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