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19 Dec 2008 description
report Irish Red Cross

The Irish Red Cross announced today that it will send €25,000 to help feed people in Ethiopia and in Kenya who are facing hunger and a potential famine.

The decision to send the money comes in the wake of an international appeal launched earlier this month for €73 million by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to deal with an exceptional humanitarian crisis across Ethiopia, Kenya and other countries forming the Horn of Africa.

The crisis arises as a result of a …

19 Dec 2008 description

As millions of vulnerable people across the Horn of Africa face a life threatening battle for food, New Zealand Red Cross has committed $30,000 to assist with relief operations.

A recent report from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (the Federation) indicates that over 20 million people across Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are living on the margins of survival due to complex cocktail of drought, conflict, displacement and poverty.

11 Dec 2008 description

L'explosion des prix des produits alimentaires, venant s'ajouter à une sécheresse persistante, a plongé la Corne de l'Afrique dans une crise dramatique.

11 Dec 2008 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 113,992,868 (USD 95.4m or EUR 72.8m) in cash, kind, or services to support the National Societies of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia to assist a total of 2.2 million beneficiaries over the full five-year timeframe of this operation.

This operation has been developed based on the following three complementary yet distinct sets of interventions that will be implemented in parallel over a 60 month (5-year) timeframe:

1) Emergency food relief and humanitarian assistance (12 months);

2) Support for rapid recovery (up to 3 years);

3) Building …

07 Dec 2008 description
  1. Introduction

    1.1 Background

    In November 2007, the Food Early Warning System (FEWS) NET Food Security Outlook was already indicating a likely scenario of 'extreme food insecurity' for large parts of Ethiopia and Somalia. The warning was repeated on 21 December 2007 by the Food Security Analysis Unit for Somalia (FSAU).

    These early signals of an imminent food crisis in the Horn of Africa were recognized by the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies of the region and a series of assessments in Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti were carried out in April 2008.

20 Nov 2008 description

Fifteen to eighteen million people in East Africa are currently highly or extremely food insecure, including over one million malnourished children, due to below?normal rains, poor crop and pasture production, civil conflict and insecurity, abnormally high food prices, and livestock diseases. Populations most affected are in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Djibouti.

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31 Oct 2008 description


"Eastern Africa" denotes the geographical are comprising the seven member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD): Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda. Tanzania is also included because it has had long historical and political interactions with Kenya and Uganda within the rubric of the East African Cooperation (EAC). The main challenges to human security in this region have originated from political and state fragility, resource scarcities, and environmental degradation.

21 Oct 2008 description

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies.

16 Oct 2008 description

As the internatioal community marks World Food Day 2008, the European Commission has adopted a new emergency funding decision of €15 million for food assistance in the Horn of Africa. The decision aims at saving lives and relieving suffering in one of the world's most vulnerable regions.

30 Sep 2008 description

Main Developments

- The security situation in Mogadishu continued to deteriorate during the month of September. In the four-day period between 21-24 September, an estimated 16,000 people were displaced, more than 80 civilians were killed and at least 110 wounded following fierce fighting in the city. Despite the security situation, aid organisations were scaling-up their response efforts for the newly displaced.

- Canada extended its naval escorts for WFP food shipments, set to end on 27 September, until 23 October.

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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 …

19 Sep 2008 description

Watch the Press Conference

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, warned today that the food security situation in the Horn of Africa was becoming critical because of the combined effects of drought and rising food prices, as well as conflict in some cases, and he appealed to the international community to immediately provide more funds.

Speaking at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon, Mr.

19 Sep 2008 description

Voir la conférence de presse

Le Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d'urgence, M. John Holmes, a lancé aujourd'hui un appel à la communauté des donateurs pour qu'elle se mobilise de manière urgente afin d'éviter une aggravation de la situation humanitaire dans la corne de l'Afrique.

Lors d'un point de presse organisé au Siège de l'ONU, à New York, M.