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Large parts of East Africa are facing the world's worst food crisis, including much of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. Across the region Oxfam's humanitarian response is aiming to reach approximately three million people.
Jeremy Hobbs, Oxfam International Executive Director, visited the region this week and reports on the desperate situation, in particular at the Dadaab refugee camp, where more than 380,000 people are in need of assistance.
While it's too early to gauge the impact of Al Shabaab's withdrawal from Mogadishu, Mr. Hobbs explains that it is possible to work in Somalia despite the conflict -- with the help of local partner organizations. Oxfam is presently working with local partners to reach 300,000 people in the Somali capital with water and sanitation.
He also acknowledges that the East African crisis could have been prevented if longer-term development strategies had been in place, and governments had invested in pastoralists and small-scale agriculturalists to make them more resilient to the changing climate.
Please donate to Oxfam's East Africa food crisis appeal.