Africa Drought Sparks Food Shortage, Child Hunger and Humanitarian Crisis

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The Children
Millions of people, most of them innocent children, are at risk in drought-stricken East Africa.
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"Live from the Field"
with Carolyn Miles

Listen to Carolyn Miles, our President & CEO, discuss The Horn of Africa Emergency
(Sep 2011)

 
 

A deadly food crisis across East Africa claimed tens of thousands of lives and left millions destitute and hungry. We've reached over 3.4 million people. Thanks to donors like you, we're still on the ground, saving lives and giving children a chance at a better future.

A deadly food crisis across East Africa claimed tens of thousands of lives and left millions destitute and hungry. We've reached over 3.4 million people. Thanks to donors like you we're still on the ground saving lives and giving children a chance at a better future.

Our Results So Far

In Ethiopia, we've reached over 2 million people — distributing hundreds of tons of food and water, and at the same time delivering high quality education to over 60,000 children. We're working closely with the government to help communities prepare for future droughts — building community resilience, creating drought reserve grazing areas for livestock and working with women to create cereal banking co-operatives.

In Kenya, we've reached over 850,000 people, including 250,000 with vital, lifesaving health work. We've also worked hard to strengthen the government's health system, by training local community health workers. We're working with children in the Dadaab refugee camp who have been deeply affected by the ongoing civil war in Somalia, to ensure our legacy in Kenya and across the region is more than simply an emergency response.

In Somalia, we have reached over 455,000 people, fed over 150,000 young children and mothers, and have provided clean water and food to thousands more. We also continue to support households to prepare for future shocks by protecting their assets and providing access to adequate support during times of heightened vulnerability. This is done in conjunction with strengthening their foundations during better times.

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A More Sustainable Future

The East Africa Food Crisis was not just about a lack of rainfall. Underlying causes were equally to blame. Causes like chronic poverty, chronic malnutrition: weak health systems, high food prices, poor vaccination coverage and a lack of access to clean water all contribute to shockingly high levels of malnutrition in the marginal, most difficult to access areas of East Africa.

We continue to advocate to governments, partners and donors for a fundamental change in the way the humanitarian systems work. This understanding will make sure that our programming really targets the most vulnerable people in the right way and at the right time.

Our crisis response strategy for East Africa is also about looking specifically to future crises, with an explicit objective focusing on resilience building, risk reduction and adaptation. This includes building the capacity of our own staff to include risk reduction and climate adaptation in the work they do as well as are empowering children to be actors in their communities allowing them adapt to the changes that the future holds.