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.
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.
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.
Two years of brutal conflict in Yemen have led to what the UN describes as the worst humanitarian situation on the globe. 60 percent of the population - 17 million people - are suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition, with nearly 7 million people facing starvation. They need your help.
In South Sudan, nearly 5 million people - 40 percent of the population - are facing extreme hunger. "We are seeing communities now at the breaking point". Read more about the situation and support our humanitarian response.
Millions of people are facing starvation across East Africa, Yemen and north-east Nigeria. Oxfam is on the ground in each of these regions, providing food, clean water and sanitation to families who are in desperate need of assistance. We urgently need to scale up our response to save more lives. You can help.
One month since famine was declared in two areas of South Sudan, it is a race against the forthcoming rains to save lives Oxfam warned today.
Today, the world stands on the brink of unprecedented famines. 30 million people are experiencing alarming hunger in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and north-east Nigeria. Check out our map to see where Africa's most acute food crises are.