The Horn of Africa is experiencing their worst drought in 40 years. The most impacted regions are Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Across these regions, over 11.6 million people do not have access to clean drinking water and over 18 million people are facing severe food insecurity. The drought is expected to exacerbate the climate and hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. About 6.5 million children are projected to suffer from acute malnutrition and 1.8 million children with severe wasting. In Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia, the drought has devastating consequences on the livelihood and well-being of families.
There is a great concern for Somalia where malnutrition has reached critical levels and is at risk of experiencing a country-wide famine. Over 80% of its population is experiencing a severe drought which has provoked further crises in the region where many face resource-based conflict over diminishing resources, malnutrition, impoverishment, displacement, and limited access to health care and other essential services. In effect, the prolonged drought has resulted in a total of 6.1 million people facing acute food insecurity, and nearly 760,000 people are displaced from their homes in search of food, livestock, water, and access to services. Of this population, 1.4 million children under the age of five are likely to be acutely malnourished. Somalia’s heightened risk of famine demands greater humanitarian funding and assistance. Our water well charity to giving aid in Somalia will be critical in saving many lives.
Ethiopia currently faces a confluent of two crises, struggling with the impact of conflict across northern Ethiopia and facing the worst drought in 40 years. The outbreak of armed conflict in 2020 has left 13 million people across the Tigray, Afar and Amhara regions in need of food assistance. Amid territorial disputes and ethnic tensions over 5 million people have been displaced. This humanitarian crisis along with the persistent drought has obstructed the most impacted from accessing food, aid, and healthcare. More than 25.9 million people in Ethiopia are projected to be in need of humanitarian assistance. Read more…