horn of africa drought

Horn of Africa drought and food crisis

The situation

Right now, almost 15 million people in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are facing a serious food and water emergency. The three countries, located in the Horn of Africa region of northeast Africa, have been gripped by severe drought.

Temperatures have been rising and rains have been increasingly failing. Unable to recover from these prolonged drought conditions, many families have been stretched to their limits.

In Ethiopia this year, an estimated 300,000 children will become severely acutely malnourished at least nine million people are expected not have a regular supply of safe drinking water. More than 7 million people are severely food insecure in the country. Nearly 1 million people have been displaced in Gedeo, Ethiopia due to ethnic conflict.

In Kenya, over two million people are considered severely at risk. There have been some rains but the food security situation remains unchanged in the short-term.

In Somalia, more than six million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and parts of the country are on the brink of famine. Many people are relying on limited water sources which are unprotected and unsafe, exposing them to disease. The water shortage has led to reported increases in acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) and cholera.

The costs of late action could be devastating. We must act now to prevent this crisis becoming a catastrophe.

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Oxfam’s work

Oxfam teams are already on the ground providing life-saving support.

  • We have assisted 1.8 million people with humanitarian assistance.
  • We’ve provided more than 1.2 million people with clean, safe water, including those in displacement camps. In Ethiopia, we’ve rehabilitated 56 boreholes and drilled 14 new ones.
  • We have provided 265,000 with emergency cash.
  • More than 2.8 million animals have been vaccinated.

Oxfam is now responding to flooding across the region. This includes water, sanitation, food and livelihoods assistance.

People affected by the drought depend on an urgent response now to prevent a full-scale crisis. Please donate today and help provide life-saving humanitarian aid.

Donate to the emergency food crisis

An extreme lack of food is causing severe hunger, malnutrition and even famine, across South Sudan and the Horn of Africa.

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