East Africa Food Crisis

by ActionAid USA
East Africa Food Crisis
East Africa Food Crisis
East Africa Food Crisis
East Africa Food Crisis
East Africa Food Crisis
East Africa Food Crisis
East Africa Food Crisis
East Africa Food Crisis
East Africa Food Crisis
East Africa Food Crisis

Thank you so much for your support of this project. I’m writing to share some updates from ActionAid’s emergency response to the East Africa Food Crisis. We appreciate you taking the time to learn about and act in response to this crisis. 

Right now, East Africa is facing one of the worst droughts on record with more than 20 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somaliland, and Somalia facing severe hunger and water shortages. Global food prices had already reached record highs when the war on Ukraine began, due to the impact of the COVID-19pandemic, climate disasters, and rising energy costs. Now, communities have reported soaring food and fuel prices. Drought, displacement, and rising hunger are also putting women and girls at increased risk of gender-based violence. Taiwo Ajose, Interim Country Director for ActionAid in Somaliland,reports: 

"People in Somalia and throughout East Africa have been suffering for months while the rest of the world watches, doing little – if anything –to provide support. The reality is that mothers are watching their children die entirely avoidable and preventable deaths. The situation here is already catastrophic."  

As we work to support people in the region, ActionAid has provided more than 93,000 people in Kenya with cash transfers, water and food,and school food programs, we have supported almost 28,000 people in Somaliland with cash transfers and provided fruit and vegetable gardens and worked to support women in Ethiopia with safe spaces to provide counseling to 2,000 survivors of gender-based violence. We have also worked to provide dignity kits to women across East Africa which contain traditional clothes for women, underwear, menstruation pads, and soap. As the crisis continues to evolve, we remain committed to providing short and long term support to impacted communities. 

Now more than ever, your commitment to human rights makes a difference. Thank you again for your solidarity and support. 

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Saafi and her daughter.
Saafi and her daughter.

Saafi and her daughter migrated from their original home in the Odewyne District in search of clean and consistent access to water since everything has become so scarce due to the drought.

 

On June 20th, we commemorated World Refugee Day, where we honored the millions of people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes and seek shelter in new and unfamiliar places.

People become refugees for many different reasons. Some, like Saafi, become climate refugees when they are forced to leave their homes due to climate-induced disasters. Previously, Saafi was a specialized butcher in Somaliland. However, she had to abandon her business and leave the place she and her daughter once called home in search of clean and consistent access to water since the drought has made everything scarce.

 

She shared with us: “When I was young the situation was not like this. The environment was so rich, people had a lot of animals. That time there was support from neighbors, the relationship was good. Now all those things have stopped.”

 

We believe in advocating for fair policies that ensure a just world for all. That is why in each of these situations, ActionAid is present, working to ensure that the most vulnerable among us are protected, supported, and empowered.

 

We strive to meet basic needs through the distribution of food, sanitary supplies, and hygiene kits for women and girls. And we guarantee longer-term support by creating safe spaces for women, offering counselling for survivors of gender-based violence, and providing resilience trainings so that women can lead their communities as only they know how.

We’re grateful, as always, for your continued dedication to human rights. 

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