More than 16 million people across East Africa are facing terrifying food shortages. Drought has caused crops to fail and cattle to die in parts of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya - leaving millions facing starvation and desperately seeking a safe source of water. Brutal war in South Sudan has driven more than three million people from their homes and left millions more in need of emergency food.
East Africa is in the grip of a devastating food crisis. Millions of families are facing starvation because of droughts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. Famine has been declared in parts of conflict-stricken South Sudan. Right now, many families are surviving only on what they can find to eat and coping with the excruciating physical pain of hunger on a daily basis. Tragically, some people are already paying the ultimate price in this crisis.
Oxfam is working across the region to provide life-saving support to those most in need of help. We're making sure the most vulnerable people have access to safe water and helping to repair boreholes and wells, we are also trucking in emergency water and training people to look after and maintain their own water supply. We are also carrying out food and cash distributions to help people have access to food. We urgently need to scale up our efforts to help save more lives.
In South Sudan, Oxfam helped more than 600,000 people across the country in 2016 and with famine declared we will need to reach many more people this year. In Ethiopia, we have helped over 270,000 people, and aim to help another 450,000 people in the next three months. In Kenya, we aim to reach over 300,000 people within the next six months, repairing boreholes and distributing cash. In Somalia we are launching our humanitarian response, and plan to reach 10,000 people.