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22 Mar 2017 description
report InterAction

A persistent drought has left nearly 23 million people across the Horn of Africa without enough to eat. In South Sudan, hundreds of thousands are trying to survive famine. Nearly half the country—or 4.9 million people—are now going hungry. That number will grow when the “lean season” arrives in July, just before harvest and as food reserves have been exhausted.

The world’s last declared famine, which lasted from 2010 to 2012 in Somalia, resulted in 260,000 deaths.

22 Mar 2017 description

Many Kenyan livestock keepers are losing their animals to drought - but some are staying afloat by using solar-powered pumps and growing vegetables

By Anthony Lang'at

GARISSA, Kenya, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At the only borehole with water for miles around, the troughs are under siege in Saretho village as hundreds of camels, cattle, sheep and goats await their turn.

22 Mar 2017 description
report Caritas
  • Cáritas Perú distribuye en las últimas semanas 89 toneladas de ayuda humanitaria a 2.000 familias afectadas a causa de «El Niño»

  • Las Cáritas de Sudán del Sur, Etiopía, Somalia y Kenia afrontan la crisis de alimentos creada en el Cuerno de África por efecto de «La Niña»

22 Mar 2017 description

By Goran Tomasevic

LOIYANGALANI, Kenya, March 22 (Reuters) - Villagers in northern Kenya have begun to burn piles of animal carcases, hoping to head off an outbreak of disease as their livestock starve to death in the region's worst drought in five years.

The smell of death hangs heavily over Lake Turkana and dried animal corpses dot the cracked mud where the lake has receded, leaving boats stranded on the dry land.

Read the full report on Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation.

22 Mar 2017 description

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for East Africa has raised more than £30 million in its first week, with donations continuing to pour in from the UK public.

Prolonged drought and conflict have left 16 million people across East Africa on the brink of starvation.

Mothers are going without food as they give what little they have to their children, but with 800,000 children under five years old needing lifesaving treatment for acute malnutrition there just isn't enough food to go around.

22 Mar 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By Irene Mwendwa

Three people have died in North Horr, Marsabit County after consuming untreated water.

According to the county director for public health Adano Kochi, there is an outbreak of diarrhoeal diseases in North Horr and Dukana wards that has affected up to 73 people.

In an interview with the Nation, Mr Kochi said the county health department has responded to the outbreak.

22 Mar 2017 description

Residents of Kilifi County along the coast of Kenya are bearing the agony of watching their cattle and goats die every day. A biting drought for the last six months has led to the deaths of over 20,000 livestock and left little water for domestic use. The last rainy season in November brought little water, accelerating the crisis. In response, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) recently commissioned a joint project to address this problem in Jaribuni, a small village in the county.

21 Mar 2017 description

A growing number of farmers in Kenya are switching to growing baby corn – an immature ear harvested early and eaten whole - as a way around unreliable rainfall

By Kagondu Njagi

NGOLIBA, Kenya, March 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It hasn't rained on John Mwema's farm in over a month. But on his one-acre piece of land stand thousands of green maize plants.

21 Mar 2017 description

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is today warning of an alarming surge in the transmission of waterborne diseases across East Africa.

Prolonged drought, conflict and food and water shortages have left 16 million people on the brink of starvation and resulted in a spike in the number of cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) – a key symptom of cholera.

20 Mar 2017 description

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Severe drought is affecting 2.7 million men, women and children in Kenya.  Crop failures are projected at nearly 70 percent, and in February 2017 the Kenyan government declared a national disaster and issued an urgent call for global assistance to respond to emergency drought needs.  Pastoralists and farmers living in arid and semi-arid regions of northern Kenya have been the hardest hit, as household livelihoods depend almost solely on livestock or subsistence agriculture.

20 Mar 2017 description

The 29th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board, which was held in Bonn, Germany on 16-17 March 2017, has endorsed a USD 6.8 million proposal submitted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) entitled “Agricultural Climate Resilience Enhancement Initiative (ACREI).” Targeted countries include Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

This makes WMO the first Multilateral Implementing Entity to have a regional proposal approved by the Adaptation Fund Board under the Pilot Programme for regional projects and programmes.

20 Mar 2017 description

International Development Secretary Priti Patel today visited the offices of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in Euston to meet aid workers from six of its member charities recently returned from the crisis areas.

Aid workers from CAFOD, CARE International, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Plan International UK and Tearfund discussed the impact of the generous donations of the British public, UK Aid and the life-saving work that the DEC’s 13 member charities carry out on the ground.

20 Mar 2017 description

20th March 2017, Nairobi – Kenya: A special summit of Heads of State and Government will be convened on Saturday 25th March 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya bringing together member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the international community and other stakeholders to marshal a comprehensive regional approach to deliver durable solutions for Somali refugees, whilst promoting sustainable reintegration of returnees in Somalia.

20 Mar 2017 description

This bi-monthly update brings together innovative policy, practice and partnerships from the Southern and Eastern African region that aim to strengthen the engagement of disaster-affected communities in humanitarian action. The aim of the publication is to create awareness about these initiatives and share good practice. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks and to share their contributions.

South Sudan: How sunshine is bringing radio to remote parts of South Sudan

20 Mar 2017 description
  1. The International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) is responding to the call for information about humanitarian responses to forced displacement in Central and East Africa.