A consortium of aid organizations today announced that Mary Robinson will travel this weekend to the drought stricken region of the Horn of Africa. The consortium – including Concern Worldwide, Trocaire and Oxfam – collectively reach in excess of a million people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.
Oxfam's Alun McDonald reports on the desparate situation for thousands of people arriving across the border from Somalia to the Dadaab refugee camp, in Kenya, and explains the causes of the current food crisis.
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.
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.
Small-scale farmers and pastoralists in Ethiopia are likely to bear the brunt of the negative impacts of climate change in the region, which will include increasing poverty, water scarcity, and food insecurity, according to a new Oxfam report.