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East Africa Food Crisis

Mako and her husband Mahamud are pastoralist farmers living in the Somali region of Ethiopia. This and last year, they have been affected by severe drought. Oxfam is working to help pastoralist farmers like Mako and Mahamud diversify their sources of income and grow crops that are more resistant to droughts. (Photo: Kieran Doherty / Oxfam)

The clock is ticking

In East Africa, countries like Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are being threatened by a severe food crisis. To date, over 15 million people across these three countries are starving. Unless urgent action is taken, the situation will deteriorate, and the number of deaths and those affected will drastically increase. We are currently responding to the crisis in the affected countries and have stepped up our relief efforts, but we need your help.We at Oxfam Hong Kong aim to raise HK$3.8 million for our relief work.

In 2011 over a quarter of a million people in Somalia lost their lives when the world ignored repeated warnings after the failure of rains in the region. We cannot afford to repeat the same mistake; action must be taken now. We need your support. Please act now and save lives. 

 

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Latest Situation

In East Africa, over 15 million people in, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are facing terrifying food shortages. More than 5.5 million children in these three countries were suffering from malnutrition.

Seasonal rainfall has remained uncharacteristically erratic and significantly below most of the areas in these three countries. Drought has caused crops to fail and cattle to die, while the lack of clean water increases the threat of cholera and other diseases. 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 three countries, more than 5.5 million people are internally displaced. In 2017, most new displacements in Somalia were due to disasters, with a country-wide drought leading to 892,000 new displacements in 2017. To November 2018, an estimated 2.4 million are internally displaced in Ethiopia. In Kenya, close to 40,000 people displaced.

 

Latest Situation in Ethiopia

  • Among Ethiopia’s 99 million people, 5.6 million people are facing severe hunger.
  • An estimated 9.2 million people were not be able to have regular access to safe drinking water in 2017.
  • 4.16 million children in Ethiopia are suffering from malnutrition.
  • An estimated 2.4 million people are internally displaced in Ethiopia.

Oxfam's Responses in Ethiopia

  • We are helping over 510,000 people as well as 156 schools and hospitals, by providing safe, clean water – this satisfies a quarter of the demand for water in the Somali region.
  • Since the drought began in November 2015, Oxfam has reached 700,000 people in the region.

Latest Situation in Somalia

  • Among the 10.82 million people in Somalia, 3.2 million people are facing severe food shortages.
  • The projected number of children who are malnourished stands at 1.2. million.
  • Somalia experienced the biggest cholera outbreak in 2017.
  • In 2017, most new displacements in Somalia were due to disasters, with a country-wide drought leading to 892,000 new displacements in 2017.

Oxfam's Responses in Somalia

  • Over 530,000 new beneficiaries were reached during the course of 2018 with water, cash and protection interventions.
  • We provided cash grants to internally displaced persons.
  • We provided financial support to the Ministry of Livestock to scale up the mass vaccination of livestock.
  • We trucked water to and rehabilitating water facilities in affected communities.

Latest Situation in Kenya

  • Among Kenya’s 46 million people, 2.6 million people are facing severe hunger. Near 40,000 people in Kenya have also been displaced.
  • The Arid and Semi-Arid Lands, and coastal areas have been most severely affected.
  • Among Kenya’s 47 counties, malnutrition rates in four counties stand at 20 per cent; rates in one area reached 30.3 per cent, which is significantly higher than the critical rates of Global Acute Malnutrition (15 per cent) according to the WHO Crisis Classification.

Oxfam's Responses in Kenya

  • We repaired and rehabilitated boreholes which are now providing water to over 282,000 people in Wajir and Turkana counties.
  • We mapped water sources in need of maintenance and rehabilitation.
  • We installed solar pumping systems in strategic boreholes.
  • We providing cash transfers to pastoral households that have lost much of their livestock.

 

We are currently responding to the crisis in the affected countries and have stepped up our relief efforts.