Drought in East Africa

Millions are facing food shortages as drought hits East Africa.

The world is facing the worst humanitarian disaster of the 21st century as millions of people across Africa face a food crisis.

We must act now to save lives.

Nimo, photographed above, walked with her sons for eight days in search of water in Somaliland. Millions of people across Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Somaliland are in urgent need of food assistance as severe drought has caused a humanitarian crisis.

ActionAid’s local staff are on the ground right now distributing life-saving supplies, but the situation is critical.

Widespread and repeated drought in East Africa, exacerbated by El Niño in 2016, has caused harvest after harvest to fail. This has created food shortages, depleting livestock and threatening livelihoods. As a result supplies of seeds and cereals have dwindled. And debt is on the rise.

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  • Somaliland: More than 1.6 million people (46% of the population) urgently need help. 80 per cent of livestock has been wiped out in Somaliland.
  • Ethiopia: 5.6 million people need urgent food aid; three million mothers and children are acutely malnourished.
  • Kenya: 2.7 million people need humanitarian aid. Women and girls are walking up to nine kilometres in search of water, say ActionAid reports.

As more water sources dry up, we need to act now. 

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