Filmed in early July in Wajir, Kenya, this special report via satellite link from Oxfam staff in East Africa, shows why clean water is so desperately needed.
Somaliland and other regions of the Horn of Africa are suffering from one of the driest years in memory. Severe shortages of food and water, along with spiralling food prices and the deaths of livestock, have plunged many families into destitution.
Oxfam ambassador Kristin Davis, on the BBC News, describes her visit to Dadaab refugee camp, where she saw the devastating impact of the current drought.
For the last five months, Oxfam, with the community’s help, has been building a borehole in Hindeysa, a remote village in drought-hit Ethiopia. When the finishing touches are completed, they will have a reliable source of abundant water – 5 liters per second of it, in fact.
Actress Kristin Davis has been visiting the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya with Oxfam, to see the devastating impact of the drought. More than 10 million people are facing desperate food shortages in the worst food crisis of the 21st century.
Yet again, millions of Kenyans are staring hunger in the face as a result of a severe drought and increasing fuel and food prices. Oxfam is expanding our water and sanitation programs, distributing food, providing cash for work, and helping protect livestock.
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.
Oxfam today launched its largest ever appeal in Africa in response to a massive food crisis facing more than 12 million people across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. The agency needs $80 million to reach 3 million people in dire need of clean water, food and basic sanitation.