Horn of Africa Crisis: 2011-2012
The Horn of Africa crisis of 2011-2012 affected 13 million people. The main focus of the crisis was across southern Ethiopia, south-central Somalia and northern Kenya. Regional drought came on top of successive bad rains and rising inflation. It ramped up a chronic livelihoods crisis into a tipping point of potential disaster by putting extreme pressure on food prices, livestock survival, and water and food availability. Armed conflict across the region compounded chronic ecological and economic vulnerability, which escalated the crisis and limited people’s survival and recovery choices. (IASC Real-Time Evaluation of the Humanitarian Response to the Horn of Africa Drought Crisis in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya - Synthesis Report)
Appeals & Response Plans
Cologne/Nairobi. Another 30,000 residents of the region of Isiolo, in north-eastern Kenya, will receive a basic supply of food and medication for at least four months from Malteser International, the relief service of the Order of Malta for worldwide humanitarian aid. As food distributions continue in the Marsabit region, the organisation is now broadening its relief activities in Kenya, bringing aid to a total of 73,000 people.
Cologne/Marsabit. The ever-increasing need for humanitarian aid in East Africa has led Malteser International, the relief service of the Order of Malta for worldwide humanitarian aid, to step up its efforts in northern Kenya. “Thanks to the generosity of many private donors, we are now able to help nearly three times as many people as we had originally planned”, says Ute Kirch, emergency relief coordinator for Malteser International, who just returned from the region after overseeing the organisation’s first delivery and distribution of relief goods.