Tagged: East Africa Food Crisis
Oxfam Humanitarian Press Officer Anna Ridout reports on the ongoing East Africa food crisis from the Dadaab refugee complex, in northeastern Kenya. Oxfam is working in Dadaab, laying pipelines and trucking in clean water for residents of the refugee complex.
Dadaab refugee camp is currently the world's largest refugee complex, hosting more than 400,000 people. Oxfam's cash-for-work initiatives offer the community an opportunity to earn an income as well as gain some dignity knowing they are helping to provide for their family.
Tens of thousands of Somali refugees fleeing the worsening food crisis and ongoing conflict in the Horn of Africa are being barred from a new aid camp that stands empty and unused while refugee families live in shocking conditions a few kilometers away.
While the international community has stepped up to help those impacted by mega-emergencies, such as the earthquake in Haiti or the floods in Pakistan, unfortunately, “slow-onset” humanitarian crises, such as the worsening drought in the Horn in Africa, have not received the same attention.
Launched with local Somali partner SAACID in September 2009, Oxfam's innovative community care program to address malnutrition in Mogadishu has reached 136,000 children. Here is the story of one of these children, Mohamed, who recovered from severe illness and malnutrition.