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24 Sep 2011 description

Up to 750,000 people face death from hunger in East Africa. Millions more are at risk across the region in the worst food crisis of the 21st century. They will have to bear a legacy of poverty, suffering, and the loss of their livelihoods. Urgent action is needed right now.

But the truth is that this crisis was predicted – and preventable: we already have the knowledge to stop this kind of tragedy from unfolding; we know the steps that must be taken to prevent suffering on this scale.

05 Jul 2011 description
report ActionAid

ActionAid has launched a £1.5 million appeal to urgently step up its work in drought-affected East Africa.

The severe drought across Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda and Djibouti has left an estimated 10m people on the brink of starvation with some areas experiencing the driest conditions in 60 years.

ActionAid has been responding to the crisis for several months and has already helped more than 194,000 people with emergency food supplies, water and income generating schemes.

11 Aug 2008 description
report ActionAid

Time is running out for the Horn of Africa, hit by the combined impact of failed harvests and global increases in the price of food.

With millions facing hunger and destitution, ActionAid is warning that the region is now reaching a tipping point with increasing numbers of people unable to cope. Altogether five countries - Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti- are affected. If nothing is done, the situation could easily become catastrophic.

In Ethiopia, the government estimates that 4.6 million people need emergency food aid.

25 Apr 2006 description
report ActionAid

The number of people affected by prolonged droughts in nine countries in East Africa has double since January, despite a recent week of rain.
Over 11 million people across Eritrea, Djibouti, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Somaliland, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi are now in need of assistance up from an estimated 5 million in January.

Hundreds of people, and tens of thousands of livestock have already died, destroying lives and livelihoods

One of the worst affected countries, Kenya, has over 8 million people in need of food, and this number is rising.