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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.

20 Jul 2012 description

British aid has fed 3.5 million people in the Horn of Africa in the past 12 months according to latest figures released by Andrew Mitchell today, but others are still at risk a year on from the declaration of famine last summer.

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:

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

HEADLINES

  • 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.

UK RESULTS SO FAR

22 Dec 2011 description

More than 9,000 tonnes of British-funded food supplies and lifesaving medicines will arrive in drought zones in the Horn of Africa over the Christmas period, Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell announced today.

Basic food supplies will feed some 800,000 people, as the latest figures show that up to 13 million people in the region will start 2012 in need of help.

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.

20 Oct 2011 description

British aid is feeding more than 2.4 million people in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, three months on from the official declaration of famine in Somalia.

The latest figures, released by Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell today, show the UK's support is saving hundreds of thousands of lives in the region as the crisis continues.

In addition to the immediate response, British aid is working with some of the poorest people in East Africa to better cope with the impacts of drought in the years ahead, helping to prevent more widespread hunger in the future.

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

03 Aug 2011 description

Planes and trucks carrying crucial British-backed aid have arrived in some of the most drought-stricken regions in the Horn of Africa, Andrew Mitchell announced today.

Aid flights have landed in Mogadishu and Baidoa, with further flights expected in the coming days, and lorry convoys are reaching Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya and the Dolo Ado camp in Ethiopia.

Thousands of people in refugee camps in Kenya have now received crucial basic supplies such as tents and cooking equipment as well as vital medical supplies and safe drinking water.

27 Jul 2011 description

The crisis is affecting 11.5 million people – 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 Government is providing lifesaving emergency assistance for more than 2 million people in the Horn of Africa.

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.