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Wajir, Northern Kenya. Credit: Kevin Ouma/Oxfam

More than 23 million people are being pushed towards severe hunger and destitution across East Africa, international aid agency Oxfam warned today, as it launched an emergency appeal to raise $15 million.

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The living conditions in the camps in Afgooye are very bad. Families are sheltering in tiny huts, pieced together from plastic bags and sticks. Credit : Hassan Noor/Oxfam

A total failure of the international community to deal effectively with the Somalia crisis and help end the war is resulting in a spiral of human suffering and exodus to neighboring countries.

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Barwako Issa Noorow nursing baby Ali (one year old). Her husband’s mother had been shot and killed in Baidoa, which helped her family make the decision to leave Somalia. Credit: David Levene/Oxfam

Over 1.4 million people have been forced to flee their homes so far this year as a result of significant increasing violence in DR Congo, Sudan and Somalia, international agency Oxfam said today, as heads of state gather at the AU Summit in Libya to discuss peace and security across the continent.

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"The living conditions in the camps in Afgooye (Somalia) are some of the worst I have ever seen. Families are sheltering in tiny huts, pieced together from plastic bags and sticks." Oxfam is about to provide 10,000 new shelters. Credit: Hassan Noor/Oxfam

We're increasing our emergency response in Somalia, providing water, shelter and other aid to thousands fleeing deadly new violence in the country’s capital. War, drought and malnutrition are thrusting Somalia towards even greater catastrophe.

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Families displaced from Mogadishu and resettled in shelters covered with UNHCR plastic sheeting on the Mogadishu - Afgooye road. Credit: Oxfam

Over 3.2 million Somalis are in desperate need of emergency assistance, a 77% increase since January 2008. More than one million people have fled their homes in the last two years.

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Families displaced from Mogadishu waiting near Muuri for water to be delivered by tanker. People have to place their jerrycans in the queue for water, and may have to wait for several deliveries before their turn comes. April 2007. Credit: Oxfam

Hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees will face a humanitarian emergency this year, unless urgent steps are taken to deal with a serious public health crisis unfolding in the Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya, international agency Oxfam warned in a new report issued today.

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L.D. Indranai is a member of a self-help group supported by the Giruwapathu Development Society (GIDES), an Oxfam partner that provided seeds, irrigation equipment, fencing material and technical support. Credit: Atul Loke/Panos for Oxfam

Oxfam International is preparing to close its response to Indian Ocean tsunami at the end of this month, four years after the disaster. Oxfam and its local partner organizations assisted 2.5 million people in seven tsunami-affected countries in the largest emergency program in its history.

Families displaced from Mogadishu.

Somalia continues to be at the center of one of the world’s biggest humanitarian emergencies, with severe drought exacerbated by years of conflict and restrictions on aid access by all parties. Insecurity makes Somalia one of the most difficult places to deliver aid.

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Despite the ongoing political process we have not witnessed any lessening of the violence that continues to have a horrendous impact on civilians.

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