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01 Oct 2011 description

Key messages

  • Pastoralists in the northwest and southeast border pastoral zones currently face significant survival and livelihood protection deficits due to severe rainfall deficits over the last two years and high staple food prices. According to a seasonal assessment conducted by FEWS NET in early October 2011, the northwest and southeast pastoral zones face survival deficits of 36 and 50 percent, respectively, without accounting for current food aid distributions.

14 Sep 2011 description
  • Acción contra el Hambre continúa respondiendo a la crisis en el cuerno de África. La semana próxima hará llegar tres cargamentos más de material
  • 36 toneladas han sido destinadas al apoyo de refugiados somalíes y siete a Yibuti

Madrid, 14 de septiembre de 2011

05 Sep 2011 description

Across Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Djibouti, we’re helping thousands of children in the hardest-hit regions—from the 3,000 malnourished children we’re treating in Somalia, to our efforts in Garbatulla, Kenya, where one in five children is now malnourished. We’re racing to reduce the impact of water shortages by constructing wells, drilling boreholes, and installing storage devices to capture future rainfall, in addition to promoting hygiene to prevent the spread of diarrhea, cholera, and other water-borne diseases.

26 Aug 2011 description

On 26 August 2011, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Minister of Foreign Affairs, presented USD 50,000 to the World Food Programme (WFP) through Mr. Kenro Oshidari, Regional Director of WFP Thailand, to assist countries in the Horn of Africa, which have been imperiled by famine.

25 Aug 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Najwa Mekki

DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti, 24 August 2011 – In what looks like a rubbish dump off of the main road southwest of the capital city Djibouti, a few hundred families have set-up makeshift tukuls and call them home. They have no water, no toilets, no electricity, and barely any hope.

The place is called Bouldougo – the Somali word meaning ‘knocked out’. Some have been here for years, others just arrived. Some have fled drought, others conflict. They come from Ethiopia, Somalia and interior regions of Djibouti.

Poverty, hardship and struggle

25 Aug 2011 description

Brussels, 25 August 2011 - To act fast, to give generously and to work together are the essential conditions for containing the famine, refugee and drought crises in the Horn of Africa. But African countries must also take long-term measures, with the support of the international community, to ensure that drought does not equal famine again.

25 Aug 2011 description

Predictable, sustained support for rural economies and livelihoods needed to avoid future crises

25 August, Rome - As world governments met today in Ethiopia for an international pledging conference aimed at winning more aid for the Horn of Africa, FAO has warned that efforts to keep farmers and pastoralists on their feet, prevent the crisis from worsening and speed progress toward recovery are not being adequately funded.

24 Aug 2011 description
report CGIAR

By Lloyd Le Page, CEO of the CGIAR Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers

The Horn of Africa is facing its worst drought in over half a century, and nearly five million people face starvation. We have little control over the political factors responsible for the terrible tragedies that play across our television screens and on the front pages of the world's newspapers. But what can the world do to prevent the scale and toll in lives that makes this story news? How can we build agricultural systems resilient enough to absorb environmental shocks?

24 Aug 2011 description

The worst drought in 60 years has struck northeast Africa in recent months. Rain in some countries was less than 5 percent of normal precipitation. Food production has seriously dropped, causing widespread famine.

More than 12.4 million people in countries such as Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti are affected, according to the United Nations, and tens of thousands of people have already died.

24 Aug 2011 description
report African Union
  1. Exceptionally dry weather conditions have severely affected eastern parts of the Horn of Africa since September 2010. The sustained dry conditions, which have stretched through two consecutive rainy seasons, have resulted in severe degradation of vegetation conditions throughout the region, impacting crop production and pasture availability - some 80 percent of the population in this subregion depends for its livelihood on crop and livestock production where only 1 percent of arable land is irrigated - compared with 7 percent in Africa and 38 percent in Asia.

19 Aug 2011 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Friday that the two batches of foodstuff donated by China for drought-hit northeastern African nations will mostly arrive before the end of September.

The country's food aid to the regions increased significantly in the past month as the drought continued and spread, said Yu Yingfu, an official with the MOC Department of Aid to Foreign Countries.

19 Aug 2011 description
report Cruz Roja Española
  • Hoy se celebra el Día Mundial de la Asistencia Humanitaria

La peor sequía en 60 años en el Cuerno de África continúa agravándose y la Organización de Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO) ya contempla la posibilidad de extender la situación de hambruna a más regiones del sur de Somalia.

Junto a Somalia, también Kenia, Etiopía y Djibouti hacen frente a una situación extrema, provocada por la sequía y agravada por la falta de alimentos y de agua, que ha puesto en peligro la vida de más de doce millones de personas.

19 Aug 2011 description

Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores
México, D. F., 18 de agosto del 2011

Con objeto de contribuir al esfuerzo internacional para superar la crisis humanitaria padecida en Somalia, Djibouti, Etiopía y Kenia y atendiendo con ello al llamado de emergencia planteado por las Naciones Unidas y por la Unión Africana, el Presidente Felipe Calderón Hinojosa autorizó una aportación de México por un millón de dólares.

11 Aug 2011 description


Une crise alimentaire frappe aujourd’hui l'Est de l'Afrique et plus particulièrement la Somalie, l'Ethiopie, le Nord du Kenya et Djibouti.

Près de 11 millions de personnes, dont une écrasante majorité de femmes et d'enfants, doivent aujourd'hui affronter la disette, voire la famine. Depuis le 20 juillet, l'état de famine a en effet été déclaré dans cinq régions du sud de la Somalie, avec un risque majeur de voir s'étendre ce fléau aux districts voisins si une opération d'envergure n'est pas organisée de toute urgence.

09 Aug 2011 description

The Horn of Africa region is facing one of the driest years since 1950/51, causing a food crisis that has escalated into famine in parts of southern Somalia. At the end of July 2011, some 12.4 million people are in need of urgent assistance to not only save their lives, but also to recover their livelihoods, ensure their food security does not deteriorate further in the next six months, and start to build their resilience in order to mitigate the impact of future crises of this nature.

08 Aug 2011 description
report Caritas

El Cuerno de África vive una emergencia humanitaria de grandes dimensiones. Las lluvias caídas en los meses de octubre a diciembre de 2010 fueron extremadamente escasas e irregulares, agravando la sequía que sufre la zona en los últimos dos años y comprometiendo seriamente cosechas y especialmente los pastos en Somalia, Kenia, Etiopia y Yibuti.

05 Aug 2011 description


Brussels, 5 August 2011


More than 12 million people are affected by the Horn of Africa's worst drought in 60 years (according to a United Nations estimate). Two consecutive rainy seasons have failed, leading to a 25% drop in rainfall in rural areas in Somalia, Northern and Eastern Kenya, Southern and Eastern Ethiopia and Djibouti. As a result harvests have failed, livestock mortality has soared, and food and water have become extremely expensive and difficult for most people to get hold of.

05 Aug 2011 description

With famine declared in five parts of southern Somalia, severe drought in Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti, coupled with an unrelenting influx of refugees and high prices of basic food commodities in the region, IOM is urgently appealing to the donor community for US$ 26.6 million as part of a massive humanitarian operation being carried out in the Horn of Africa.

01 Aug 2011 description


Comité pour l’élimination de la
discrimination à l’égard des femmes
Quarante-neuvième session
996e séance – après-midi

Le Comité pour l’élimination de la discrimination à l’égard des femmes (CEDAW) a achevé aujourd’hui sa quarante-neuvième session, qu’elle a tenue du 11 au 29 juillet, en adoptant des observations et des recommandations après l’examen des rapports périodiques du Costa Rica, de Djibouti, de l’Éthiopie, de l’Italie, du Népal, de la République de Corée, de Singapour et de la Zambie.