As famine takes hold in South Sudan and threatens to spread to northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen, world leaders must immediately step up to fully fund the United Nations’ appeal for $6.3 billion.
4.8 million people in South Sudan are facing severe hunger in the middle of the harvest season, according to the latest Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) update. This is an ominous sign of a food crisis fast spiralling out of control and urgent action is needed.
New United Nations numbers show hunger affecting 11 percent of the world’s population.
A severe drought has left 7.8 million people in need of humanitarian aid in Ethiopia. These numbers are likely to rise in the coming weeks. Oxfam is supplying clean water to communities in the Somali region, which is proving to be a lifeline for people affected by the drought.
New IPC figures show that famine has been pushed back in South Sudan, but the food crisis continues to spread across the country and 6 million people are facing severe hunger and need immediate help.
Half of Kenya has been ravaged by a devastating drought. 2.6 million people need life-saving aid, including clean safe water. Through an innovative ‘E-wallet’ mechanism, Oxfam is helping families address their most immediate needs.
Thousands of displaced persons returning from Cameroon to Nigeria are facing appalling conditions on arrival in Pulka, says Oxfam.
There is growing scientific analysis suggesting that the impacts of current and recent droughts in East Africa are likely to have been aggravated by climate change. Without global efforts to reduce emissions and to help the world’s poorest people cope with the effects of climate change, this crisis will continue to repeat itself.
For many people in East Africa, the current drought is the worst in living memory. Nomadic pastoralists are among the hardest hit. Their livestock is completely wiped out, meaning they have no means to feed themselves. In eastern Somaliland, Oxfam witnessed entire communities on the move, desperately searching for water and pasture.
Climate change is not a distant, future threat. Right now, it is helping fuel a massive crisis in the Horn of Africa region. Nearly 11 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya face terrifying food shortages, due to a catastrophic drought that has killed off crops and cattle. Urgent action is needed now.