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24 Feb 2012 description

Overview

East Africa is experiencing a major humanitarian crisis due to drought. More than 13 million people are affected, more than the combined population of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Britain is providing lifesaving aid for over three million people across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia and the UK is now calling on more countries to follow its lead and step up their help for the crisis.

Across the region, UK aid is delivering:

14 Nov 2011 description

The Premier League today backed the DEC East Africa crisis appeal as it announced a weekend of action at top flight football clubs across England.

Football supporters will be able to text a number displayed on advertising boards, in match-day programmes and on players’ training bibs to donate £5 to the appeal on the weekend of 26th November.

Their donations will go towards helping the 13 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia who are facing hunger in the crisis which was brought on by severe drought.

21 Oct 2011 description

HEADLINES

• Some 13.3 million people are affected in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia

• The first famine of the 21st Century was declared in Somalia in July. Famine conditions now exist in six regions of the country and are forecast to spread.

• Without adequate humanitarian support some 750,000 people in famine affected regions of Somalia could die before the end of the year.

• The UK is the third largest humanitarian donor to the Horn of Africa. Across the Horn UK aid is making a difference and is helping to save lives.

19 Aug 2011 description

World Humanitarian Day has been celebrated by over 40 countries worldwide on 19 August since 2009. The day was chosen to commemorate the death of 22 humanitarian workers who, in 2003, were killed when the UN Office in Iraq was bombed.

Among those killed was Sergio Viera de Mello, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights and Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq. His widow, who set up the Sergio Viera de Mello Foundation, fought for 19 August to be recognised as World Humanitarian Day.

22 Sep 2008 description

In response to the growing humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, DFID today announced a =A342 million package to help the 17 million people facing hunger in the region.

The additional funding will include =A322 million to be split between all of the countries in the Horn of Africa and a further =A320 million that will go to Ethiopia to help the country cope with its worsening humanitarian crisis.

The UK's support will go towards meeting the most pressing needs on the ground and will include direct food distribution, medical support, special nutritional support for mothers …

31 Aug 2008 description

Africa Conflict and Humanitarian Unit (ACHU)

Summary of key findings

- Total spend in 2007/8 was =A3205m, a decline from =A3236m in 2006/7. However using adjusted figures the amount is broadly similar for both years. Both these years' spend was less than the exceptional 2005/6, when it peaked at =A3264m.

- Year on year trend: there has been a 10-15 % decline since the peak spend in 2005/6 of =A3264m.

- The top five recipient countries of DFID humanitarian aid are Sudan, DRC, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Somalia.