AusAID Fact Sheet: Australian Government Assistance to the Horn of Africa Crisis - September 2011

The Australian Government is extremely concerned about the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, especially the famine in parts of Somalia. More than 13 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in need of live-saving humanitarian assistance because of consecutive droughts, following two poor rain seasons, and a lack of food.

The United Nations has a $2.4 billion international emergency appeal in response to the crisis.

The Australian Government has responded rapidly to the crisis with funding for urgently needed food rations and shelter to help the most vulnerable people in the Horn of Africa affected by the crisis.

Australia is providing $128 million in response to the Horn of Africa drought, including over $98 million in humanitarian assistance and $30 million for the region’s long-term food security. According to the UN financial Tracking Service, Australia is currently the world’s third largest country donor to the Horn of Africa humanitarian response. Australia’s humanitarian assistance includes: