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17 Aug 2011 description

Dirk Niebel, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, today met with Kenya's President, Mwai Kibaki. During their talks, it emerged that the hunger crisis in Kenya and its neighbouring countries has been getting worse. Not only is Kenya trying to provide relief to its own people affected by the drought but is also having to cope with the steadily growing stream of refugees from Somalia.

19 Oct 2009 description

More than 20 million people in the Horn of Africa are threatened with drought and famine. The Federal Foreign Office is making 4 million euro available to alleviate their suffering.

The crisis has arisen because the annual rains have so far failed in the region. The consequences of this are low harvest yields and even drought.

25 Sep 2009 description

The German Development Ministry will make available another two million euros to the United Nations World Food Programme for food aid to fight the famine in Kenya and Ethiopia. This was decided by German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul in view of the drastic situation in the Horn of Africa in response to the World Food Programmes warnings that a severe famine might be looming.

It is especially southern and eastern Ethiopia that is affected. Children in particular are suffering from hunger and severe deprivation.

15 Feb 2006 description

While public attention is focused on major news events, silent disasters are taking place in Africa. Providing rapid assistance would save lives and be less expensive in the long run.

This is the conclusion arrived at by UNICEF in a report on the situation of children in crisis regions.

19 Jan 2006 description

The Federal Foreign Office is stepping up its assistance for victims of the drought in East Africa. In cooperation with the German Embassy in Nairobi and German non-governmental organizations, five aid projects worth approx. 700,000 euro are now under way or in the pipeline. The money is being used to fund school meals for children at risk in northern Kenya, therapeutic and supplementary feeding programmes for particularly vulnerable groups, especially children, and for water and health care projects. Plans for projects in Ethiopia and Djibouti are currently being studied.