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02 Feb 2017 description

International Development Secretary Priti Patel visits Somalia to urge partners to deliver assistance to save lives and avert a famine.

Millions of people are living in desperate conditions in Somalia as extreme drought is threatening the lives and stability of a country vital to regional and UK security.

19 Sep 2012 description

The 2011 humanitarian crises in Somalia and across the Horn of Africa may be a distant memory to those outside the region, but last Friday the Department for International Development (DFID) received its report card for its response to the crisis from its examination board, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI).

24 Feb 2012 description


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:

24 Feb 2012 description
report IRIN

LONDON, 24 February 2012 (IRIN) - The London Conference on Somalia ended with a seven-point plan aimed at boosting humanitarian aid and support for African Union troops, and tougher action on piracy, but "fell short on the measures required to address the risks faced by civilians", said Amnesty International. [http://world.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201202/82024.php ]

23 Feb 2012 description

Britain will provide life-saving medical help, food and sanitation for hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees over the next three years.

The UK will provide a comprehensive package of assistance including healthcare, nutritional and sanitation assistance for those forced to flee the food crisis and fighting, finding refuge in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia.

In Kenya, UK aid will help 150,000 refugees per year over the next three years. In Ethiopia, Britain will reach 100,000 refugees every year up to 2015.

03 Feb 2012 description


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

  • The first famine of the 21 st Century was declared in Somalia in July 2011 with was lifted in February 2012.

  • 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.


28 Sep 2011 description

The crisis is affecting over 13 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia – more than the combined population of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We know the situation will get worse in places before it gets better, with rains unlikely before the autumn.

The UK is the third largest humanitarian donor to the current crisis affecting the Horn of Africa. The UK’s £124.29 million package of support will provide emergency assistance to:

• Over 1 million people in Somalia;

08 Sep 2011 description

Andrew Mitchell's second written statement to the House of Commons on British intervention in the Horn of Africa food crisis

29 Jul 2011 description

Drought in the Horn of Africa has left 12.4 million people in need of help. While international attention to the emergency has peaked in recent weeks, CERF funds have been addressing the crisis since rainfalls failed at the end of 2010. More than $94 million dollars has been allocated to drought-affected countries this year.

16 Jul 2011 description

The International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell will announce today a new package of support for drought victims on a visit to Kenya with the Head of the Disasters Emergency Committee, Brendan Gormley, and the Chief Executive of Save the Children, Justin Forsyth.

The British Government will provide emergency assistance for more than 1 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia as the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa worsens.