LOOMING HUNGER CRISIS GRIPS HORN OF AFRICA
Continuous failed rains have shrivelled crops, depleted livestock and left millions of people across Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia in urgent need of food. As drought tightens its grip across the region, children’s lives hang in the balance.
URGENT ACTION NEEDED
We’ve been here before. We know what to do. In order to prevent millions going hungry, we need to act and we need to act fast. We need to provide families with the tools and services they need to help build their resilience, as increased droughts and erratic weather patterns push them to their limits. For communities who depend on rains for their food and livelihoods, these failed rains threaten their survival.
A CLIMATE CRISIS
Climate change is undoubtedly having an impact. Families used to experience one year of drought in every ten years. In the last decade, they have experienced more than three severe droughts in the worst hit areas.
Communities are used to coping with failed rains. But this prolonged drought and successive flooding is unrelenting – and they can’t bounce back without urgent help.
A CHILDREN'S EMERGENCY
Children are always the most vulnerable in a food crisis, and there are already 785k children severely malnourished. In the long term, the effects of drought are even more complex than extreme hunger:
- without enough to eat, children are at high risk of malnutrition and more vulnerable to diseases like pneumonia, cholera and diarrhoea.
- children are dropping out of school to work - endangering their rights and futures.
- families are forced to leave their homes in search of food, water or an income.
- whilst on the move, children can become separated from their families, leaving them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.