In East Africa, countries like South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are being threatened by a severe food crisis. To date, around 20 million people across these four countries are starving. Unless urgent action is taken, the situation will deteriorate, and the number of deaths and those affected will drastically increase.
The clock is ticking
Tens of millions of people in East Africa are starving and in critical need of humanitarian relief.
We are currently responding to the crisis in the affected countries and have stepped up our relief efforts, but we need your help.
Latest Situation in Somalia
- Among the 10.82 million people in Somalia, 3.2 million people are facing severe food shortages
- The number of people in need of emergency food aid has doubled in the last six months to over 6.2 million people
- Over 360,000 acutely malnourished children are in need of support
- Somalia experienced the biggest cholera outbreak in recent times earlier this year
- 703,000 people have now been displaced by the drought since November 2016, 40 per cent of whom are estimated to be between the ages of 5 and 18
Oxfam's Responses in Somalia
In Somalia, we have/are:
- Launched an initial humanitarian response in Somaliland to provide at least 20,000 people with clean water, sanitation and cash assistance for food
- Provided cash grants to internally displaced persons
- Provided financial support to the Ministry of Livestock to scale up the mass vaccination of livestock
- Trucking water to and rehabilitating water facilities in affected communities
- Building hygiene facilities, and promoting good hygiene - We hope to significantly expand our response to help a further 200,000 people over the next 12 months