Food Crisis Hits Horn of Africa

$55,262 $19,738
Raised Remaining
Jun 18, 2013

Finding her way through drought

Fatumo Ahmed
Fatumo Ahmed

Two years ago, the Horn of Africa experienced the worst drought in 60 years. There was no rainfall in southeastern Ethiopia and the land dried up across the entire region. 

But today there are signs of recovery. 

Pastures, previously cracked and barren, are slowly sprouting new growth and animals are grazing and growing stronger. We have been working in rural Ethiopia to make sure farmers and herding families have the resources they need to build back through their livestock, food stores and markets.

One woman, Fatumo Ahmed, relies on her camels to support her family. Camel milk, full of protein and nutrients, can last one month without refrigeration. Fatumo is able to keep her camels healthy and productive through the veterinary care and proper hygiene advice Mercy Corps provides. And with a better quality product, Fatumo can now take milk to a collection center in the village where she connects with market vendors who pay higher prices for the milk. 

Because of you, Fatumo and her fellow milk producers have something to celebrate after a long hardship of droughtListen to them singing at Mercy Corps’ local collection center last month.

Thank you for helping turn crisis into opportunity for the people of the Horn of Africa. It's ongoing support like yours that makes our work possible. 

With gratitude,

Carlene Deits

Fatumo's camels
Women celebrating at the milk collection center
Women celebrating at the milk collection center



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