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.
This report launches a Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights, backed by more than 300 organizations all over the world. It is a manifesto of solidarity with the ongoing struggles of indigenous peoples and local communities seeking to secure their land rights once and for all.
Suffering is often all the world sees of Somali people. Yet, that picture is incomplete. Petterik Wiggers photos show their love for family, celebration, humor, new life, restoration, hope and pride in the face of adversity.
Theses photos, taken at the end of 2011 in Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Chad, show the extent of the food crisis people are already facing. But by investing now in the ability of vulnerable populations to cope, the worst impacts of the Sahel food crisis can still be avoided.
Photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg traveled to Turkana, Kenya with Oxfam to take photographs using moonlight supplemented with artificial lighting, showing snapshots of everyday life of communities who try to cope with drought.
Alejandro Chaskielberg traveled to Turkana, Kenya with Oxfam to take snapshots of everyday life using moonlight supplemented with artificial lighting. He met Peter Abwell, a former pastoralist who became a fisherman before starting his own business.
The region of Turkana in the North of Kenya has gone for over five years without a good rain capable of making the grazing lands grow enough grass to feed the region’s livestock, its sole source of economic livelihood.