Hunger crisis in Africa

by Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.
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Hunger crisis in Africa
Hunger crisis in Africa
Hunger crisis in Africa
Hunger crisis in Africa
Hunger crisis in Africa
Hunger crisis in Africa
Hunger crisis in Africa
Hunger crisis in Africa
Hunger crisis in Africa
Aktion Deutschland Hilft
Aktion Deutschland Hilft

The civil war, in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, has been going on for many months and the humanitarian situation of the people has deteriorated dramatically. The United Nations warns: without immediate action, food insecurity and malnutrition will reach catastrophic levels. There is a threat of severe famine.

Millions of children, women and men urgently need humanitarian aid. But access for international aid organizations to the region is blocked by the parties to the conflict. There is looting and confiscation of aid supplies.

"What is urgently needed now is a sustained ceasefire and a safe humanitarian corridor for aid deliveries", demands the managing director of Aktion Deutschland Hilft.

According to the UN, more than 350,000 people are at risk of starvation. They belong to the highest level (5) of the food insecurity categorization. Another 2 million people fall into level 4.

Through member organization the alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft, food and water supplies are being set up. Tons of relief supplies are delivered to the affected areas. And malnourished children are provided with special food enriched with special nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

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Aktion Deutschland Hilft
Aktion Deutschland Hilft

For people in African and Middle East Countries, locusts are harbingers of a new catastrophe.

In many Middle Eastern countries, people can barely afford to eat. In Syria, food prices have risen almost thirtyfold since the start of the conflict, and in Yemen one in two people is currently suffering from hunger.

Extreme weather conditions resulting from the climate crisis have created ideal breeding conditions for desert locusts in recent years. Since then, huge swarms have descended on East Africa and South Asia. Strong winds have now carried some of the swarms to the Middle East.

The impending crisis can only be averted by combating the locusts quickly and effectively. Through its member organisations, the alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft is helping to bring the swarms under control. First, the organizations locate the locusts' breeding grounds and destroy the eggs and newly hatched nymphs.

Then the sexually mature locusts are controlled with pesticides. The alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft is actively working to avert the impending hunger crisis.

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"The new locust swarms are extremely worrying. Gains from harvests in recent years could be completely wiped out. Millions of people would then have too little to eat," warns the emergency relief director in Somalia of a memeber of the alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft.

In total, nearly six million people in the country are dependent on humanitarian aid. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Somalia is currently preparing for a period of drought: Already, 90 percent of households are using less water than normal.

Additionaly the corona pandemic and natural disasters increase famine."People are struggling to avert a potential famine," explains the emergency relief director in Somalia of a memeber of the alliance. "Many families are unable to make a living due to weather extremes and restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The prolonged lockdown has already led to hunger. Women and girls in particular are forgoing meals when there is not enough food for all family members."

Through member organizations the alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft is working in regions that were already affected by locust plagues last year. Currently, the alliance is providing families with drinking water, food, hygiene items and financial assistance. In the coming weeks the alliance plans to expand supplies to families in need. Your donation will save people in East Africa from starvation.  

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Kenya is one of the poorest countries in the world and is particularly affected by droughts. As a result, the country ranks 86th in the World Hunger Index 2019.

People like the 55-year-old single parent Kulmiye* from Kenya struggle every day to feed their families. "We can't afford meat and we live far away from the city. We have no permanent source of income for the family. Before, I had a few goats. So we could eat meat now and then, but the drought wiped out our goats".

In order to earn some money and provide for her family, Kulmiye sells small cakes called „Mandazi“ in the nearby school. But the money is not enough.

However, thanks to a member of the German alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft, people like Kulmiye can feed their families again. The alliance distributes food packages of fresh meat to disadvantaged people suffering from malnutrition.

Kulmiye is very grateful for the support: "My children were very happy about the delicious meat with bread and rice. I am very grateful because other needy people in my village also received food to provide for their families.“

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ADRA/ Ethiopia
ADRA/ Ethiopia

More than 80 percent of Ethiopia's population lives from agriculture and cattle. But long periods of drought and flooding regularly destroy the harvest and pasture land of farmers and herders. Inadequate water management and forced overgrazing are also causing the country's desertification to progress rapidly.


During periods of drought many animals die. These animals often are the livelihood of families. Every animal that dies leaves a hole in the household budget. The farm animals are incredibly important for the people, but at the same time there is a lack of veterinarians, vaccinations and medicines.


Therefore, together with it’s member organization ADRA, the German alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft, invests in the health of the animals. With the help of veterinarians and keepers, vaccinations have been carried out for cattle, camels, sheep and goats. In addition, seven care centres for animals and a veterinary clinic have been established.


Thanks to the support of the helpers, each of the communities has animal keepers and medical equipment. A total of 27 animal keepers are working in the seven villages.


In order to further increase food security and to support the most vulnerable members of society, a herd consisting of ten goats was purchased for 142 extremely needy livestock herders.


In addition, further training on efficient animal husbandry was established in many villages. One of the beneficiaries is Fatuma* from the village of Lekuma. She is a widow and cares lovingly for her three children. Thanks to the goats, she can now look after her family herself. "I want to be an example for other cattle farmers by being able to stand on my own feet," she says. Sheik*, also a mother, is also delighted with the new living conditions.


"We use the harvested crops to feed our families. Some of us can sell the surplus to enable the children to go to school. Our children are so happy about this," says the mother.


Thank you very much for supporting these relief efforts with your donation.


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Location: Bonn - Germany
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