Appeals & Response Plans
- Kenya: Floods - Mar 2018
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Kenya: Floods - Apr 2016
- Kenya: Floods - Nov 2015
- Kenya: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Kenya: Drought - 2014-2019
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Horn of Africa: Polio Outbreak - May 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Mar 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Jan 2013
Most read reports
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- Bulletin: Cholera and AWD Outbreaks in Eastern and Southern Africa, Regional Update for 2019 - as of 17 January 2019
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- Top UN officials condemn ‘horrible terrorist act’ in Nairobi
- Four taken ill amid cholera fears in Tharaka-Nithi County
The Horn of Africa crisis has been in the news a lot. Millions of people (particularly in Somalia) are on the brink of starvation.
Kenya is Somalia’s western neighbor, and the drought that is affecting so many Somalis didn’t discriminate between the two sides of the border. After a ruinous crop failure poorer Kenyans living in the eastern half of the country are suffering just like their neighbors, albeit in smaller numbers.
When the United Nations officially declared a famine in the Horn of Africa on July 20, 2011, the food crisis in Somalia had already been developing for some time. Food security in the region has been severely declining due to historical levels of drought and rising world food prices, but famine does not erupt over-night. The slow-onset drought also translates into a critical and much-needed intervention to save lives in magnitudes.
When Relief International volunteer Dania Gharaibeh visited famine-stricken refugee camps in the Somali region of Ethiopia this month, she noticed that the children, despite being malnourished and displaced, were laughing and giggling as children do all over the world. Yet behind them, she felt their parents’ pain as one man confided, "It is one thing to be hungry, it is another, most hurtful thing not to be able to feed your children."
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