Thousands of families have been displaced due to recent climate change and droughts in Ethiopia's Somali regions.
© UNHCR/Eugene Sibomana

Horn of Africa Food Crisis

The Horn of Africa's worst drought in 40 years has pushed more than 18 million people towards extreme hunger.

“We have never seen drought like this, it has affected everyone. We have named it 'the unseen'.”

Ardo, internally displaced farmer in Ethiopia

The climate crisis, conflict and skyrocketing food prices are affecting households across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. 

The climate crisis, conflict and skyrocketing food prices are affecting households across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

The situation is particularly dire in Somalia, with UN experts warning that famine will take hold before the end of the year.

Refugees and displaced people are on the frontline of this crisis. Those living in camps have suffered drastic cuts to their food rations due to funding constraints. Now, these same camps are receiving thousands of new arrivals looking for food and water.

"Families do not know where their next meal will come from and are taking on huge debt, selling off what they can, or sending their children to work," said Clementine Nkweta-Salami, UNHCR's Regional Bureau Director. 

“More and more children below the age of five are experiencing high levels of stunting and wasting.”

UNHCR is providing nutrition supplements, shelter and cash assistance for hungry families.

 Yurup is a Somali refugee, mother of four. She fled from her country two months ago, and sought refuge in Ethiopia because of insecurity.
© UNHCR/Giulia Naboni

When Ardo left her Ethiopian village and walked a gruelling 260 kilometres with her cattle, she hoped to find water. 

But even at UNHCR's makeshift site for displaced people near Kebribeyah, there is little relief. Here, Ardo and her livestock are forced to go days without water. When the water truck arrives, she rushes to join the queue with her bucket. 

The rains are expected to fail for a fifth year running, which will force many more people to leave their homes in search of food and water. 

With your support, UNHCR can provide life-saving aid for drought-stricken communities. Please donate now to help us provide water, shelter, nutrition supplements and health care for hungry families.

Water

Your gift can help UNHCR truck water to drought-stricken communities, ensuring they have enough to drink, cook and wash.

Nutrition

Your gift can provide nutrition supplements for malnourished people, including children and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.

Cash assistance

Your gift can provide cash assistance to help displaced families buy food, fuel, medicine and other essentials.

"I used to have 445 goats and sheep, but now I only have 190 as the rest have died."

Abdullahi, a 55-year-old farmer, had to leave his family to seek water and pasture for his livestock.

Thousands of families have been displaced due to recent climate change and droughts in Ethiopia's Somali regions.
© UNHCR/Eugene Sibomana

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