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.
Should there be any unused donations from this public appeal, Oxfam will use the funds for other emergency, rehabilitation, or community development projects in other places.
In East Africa, 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are facing terrifying food shortages. Drought has caused crops to fail and cattle to die, while the lack of clean water increases the threat of cholera and other diseases. Acute watery diarrhoea and cholera continues to spread with over 100,000 reported cases and more than 1,700 deaths in the four countries.
The rainy season in the region is from March to June, but rainfall was very low in the past months, rain also came late. This drought did not happen overnight. On the contrary, over the past 10 years, East Africa recorded seven years of drought; the situation is deteriorating and is quite clearly related to climate change.
Drought driven displacement recorded in four countries. From November 2016 to May 2017, almost 740,000 Somali have been displaced by drought. In Ethiopia, over 840,000 people are affected, over half of them in Somali Region. In Kenya, close to 40,000 people displaced.