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05 Apr 2017 description
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Catherine Mumbi supports the Trócaire team (a Cordaid partner organization) in Somalia as a Communications and Advocacy Officer. She supports the response teams in the field and in Ireland (HQ) to collect and compile relevant information for emergency response information and communication materials in a timely manner. Here you can read about her experiences.

Flying over the Gedo region of Somalia from Mogadishu, famine is evident from the skies. The land below looks dry with no signs of green vegetation.

30 Mar 2012 description

The Heads of States of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) countries should be congratulated on the pledges to end drought emergencies made at the Nairobi Summit on the Horn of Africa Crisis in September 2011. However, limited progress has been made to implement those pledges, and dryland communities in the Horn of Africa are already faced with the prospect of possible below normal rainfall in the coming months. Thus urgent attention should be paid to speeding up the implementation of country plans and the Declaration particularly on the following issues:

18 Nov 2011 description


The current drought in The East and Horn of Africa is estimated to have affected 13 million people, of which 4.5 million are Kenyans. Lives and livelihoods have been lost. It has also caused extensive debates on how to end drought emergencies. The discussions have hit media headlines and formed agendas of national and international conferences. A few of the issues that have cut across all these discussions are the acknowledgement that:

· While drought is an unavoidable natural phenomenon, it need not and should not lead to famine and other disasters.