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20 Jun 2018 description
report Tearfund, Oxfam

*by Sini Maria Heikkila, Humanitarian Policy Officer Tearfund and *

Denis Kongere, Regional Drought Policy and Campaigns Manager, Oxfam

13 Nov 2013 description

NGOs welcome an agreement with potential to enhance opportunities for Durable Solutions for Somali Refugees

NGOs engaged in the search for durable solutions for Somali refugees in Kenya, congratulate the governments of Somalia and Kenya, and UNHCR for developing the Tripartite Agreement on Somali refugees in Kenya. The Tripartite Agreement is a first and important step towards finding durable solutions for Somali refugees in the region.

22 Oct 2013 description
report Tearfund

Sahra Abdilahi Libaan used to be so poor that she had to take out loans to buy food to feed her family. Today she is helping feed people struggling in poverty.

The turnaround is not just about her standard of living. The mother-of-five has new found confidence and a clear sense of direction and purpose.

Sahra lives in Somaliland, which declared independence from Somalia in 1991, and as well as her own children, looks after three kids of her late sister. Two years ago, Sahra was illiterate and struggling to support the family.

03 Oct 2013 description
report Tearfund

Life in Somaliland is never easy or predictable as single mum Sahra Jama Duale can tell you.

Two years ago, the drought that brought hunger to millions of people in East Africa killed all her livestock and removed her means of making a living to support her four children, aged between four and eight.

Her suffering escalated when her husband died and she was left to fend for her family alone.

As living conditions deteriorated, Sahra was forced to move to a community where there were many others who had been displaced by the drought.

20 Aug 2012 description
report Tearfund

People living in the world’s largest refugee camp are benefiting from Tearfund work to improve water and sanitation conditions.

The Dadaab site in northern Kenya is home to 465,000 refugees, most having fled warfare and dire food shortages in neighbouring Somalia.

The camp’s population has risen by a third over the last year or so, largely as a result of the food crisis that has affected East Africa following an extreme drought but also exacerbated by spikes in food prices.

12 Jul 2012 description
report Tearfund

July 2012

Your support for Tearfund’s East Africa appeal has helped 55,000 people in Somalia.

Tearfund partners have been able to do the following work as a result:

In the capital Mogadishu, International Aid Services has been supplying food and other essentials to thousands of people who have fled conflict. Many have few possessions and are living in difficult conditions with inadequate access to water and sanitation.

12 Jul 2012 description
report Tearfund

July 2012

Your support for Tearfund’s East Africa appeal has helped more than 67,000 people in Kenya.

Drought led the Kenyan government in July 2011 to declare a national disaster. The UN estimates 60 per cent of livestock herds have died and many pastoralists livelihoods have been destroyed.

Tearfund partners have been able to do the following work as a result of your support:

Providing water has been a major part of our response in the arid areas of northern Kenya, such as Turkana district.

22 Feb 2012 description
report Tearfund

The past few months have been truly grim for mother-of-three Suldana Ali, pictured above, but new hope has given her a reason to smile again.

After enduring hunger and desperate need, Suldana is now able to look after her family due to the work of a Tearfund partner.

The 27-year-old fled her native Somalia because of the drought that has inflicted terrible hunger on her community. She ended up in a makeshift home in a camp outside the town of Dhobley on the Kenya/Somalia border.

14 Feb 2012 description
report Tearfund, World Concern

People living in Somali coastal communities are facing significant hardship as a result of being caught in the combined grip of drought and conflict, according to a Tearfund partner.

Assessments by World Concern of some communities along Somalia’s coast have revealed that many people are lacking even the most basic services, with food, water, medicines, livelihood support and sanitation urgently needed.

13 Jan 2012 description
report Tearfund


For months, East Africa has been in the grip of one of the most severe droughts on record. Thousands of communities across the Horn of Africa have been struggling with the effects of losing their livestock in the drought and with parts of Ethiopia now starting to enter a dry season, there is still widespread uncertainty over the future of the region.

05 Oct 2011 description
report Tearfund

‘This is the worst crisis we’ve ever experienced. We’ve gone from a reasonably successful life to utter devastation.’

The words of Salina Mamoru convey something of the detrimental impact of the drought affecting more than 13 million people in East Africa but her appearance and living conditions also speak volumes.

The 37-year-old is staying in the Katilu displacement camp in Turkana, northern Kenya, a dry, sandy and dusty place that has no home comforts.

24 Sep 2011 description

Up to 750,000 people face death from hunger in East Africa. Millions more are at risk across the region in the worst food crisis of the 21st century. They will have to bear a legacy of poverty, suffering, and the loss of their livelihoods. Urgent action is needed right now.

But the truth is that this crisis was predicted – and preventable: we already have the knowledge to stop this kind of tragedy from unfolding; we know the steps that must be taken to prevent suffering on this scale.

01 Sep 2011 description
report Tearfund

Dangerous levels of malnutrition are increasing in Somalia and many more people are likely to become famine-stricken, according to latest assessments.

In some parts of the drought-affected country, more than 50 per cent of the population are suffering acute malnutrition. Overall, 3.7 million people need food urgently.

Five areas of central and southern Somalia were declared famine zones in July but the Famine Early Warning Systems is warning more areas could join that list over the next four to six weeks.

30 Aug 2011 description
report Tearfund

Drought-hit Kenyans are resorting to desperate measures to find water which are putting their lives at risk, according to a Tearfund partner.

The Turkana region is one of the worst affected by the lack of rain in Kenya, leaving many thousands of people who rely on livestock for their livelihoods battling for survival.

Family life is being disrupted with many children unable to attend school because their families need them to obtain water from any source available.

28 Jul 2011 description
report Tearfund

Tearfund partners are increasing the transportation of water to livestock farmers in northern Kenya to help them through severe drought conditions.

A thousand pastoralists who rely on cattle for their livelihoods are receiving supplies in the Turkana and West Pokot areas.

Poor rains have dried up pasture and left many farmers with dead or dying livestock, drastically hitting their income and ability to buy food.

As well as supplying water our partner Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) is also planning to repair existing boreholes and water pans.

11 Jul 2011 description
report Tearfund

Tearfund partners in East Africa are stepping up efforts to help people going hungry due to drought, failed harvests and rocketing food prices.

Around ten million people are suffering as a result of the crisis that is mainly affecting parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

UNICEF is warning that two million children are malnourished as a result of the drought in the Horn of Africa, and half a million could soon die or suffer long-lasting mental or physical damage.


05 Jul 2011 description
report Tearfund

Some ten million people in East Africa are facing severe hunger as some areas experience the worst drought in 60 years destroying crops and livestock.

South east Ethiopia is the hardest hit region, with 3.2 million farming-dependent people experiencing a food crisis, while 3.2 million others are affected in northern Kenya and 2.5 million in Somalia.

This is another blow to a region that has been hit by a succession of climatic challenges, notably in 2009, when years of failed rains and harvests left 20 million people facing life-threatening food and water shortages.

29 Jun 2011 description

G20 countries attending a key development meeting in South Africa today (Wed) must call for the urgent release of promised funds to stop more people from going hungry as food prices skyrocket once again, says the UK Hunger Alliance.

The coalition of international aid agencies says that money should be made available to countries most vulnerable to food insecurity in a new report entitled: Tackling the High Food Price Challenge.

29 Jul 2008 description
report Tearfund

Soaring food prices and successive droughts are pushing families in East Africa, already struggling to afford basic foods, deeper into poverty, warns international aid agency Tearfund.

A combination of rising food prices and erratic rainfall has exacerbated a situation that was already dire, leaving 15 million people in urgent need of food. Tearfund's Keith Etherington, who has just returned from Ethiopia said: 'Ethiopia's food security problems are long standing, but at the start of the year poor rains led to a total crop failure in some areas and poor yield in many others.

14 Dec 2006 description
report Tearfund

After the drought come the floods. Torrential rain is pounding parts of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.

At least 150 people have been killed already, with more than a million others forced from their homes. Cows and goats have drowned and entire harvests have been ruined.

Swift church response

Southern Ethiopia has been experiencing floods since August. Wollaita Kale Heywot Church (WKHC) - a Tearfund partner in Ethiopia - responded immediately.

And they continue to offer practical support to those in desperate need.