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Right now, the Horn of Africa- Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti- is experiencing the worst drought in 60 years. On Wednesday, July 20th the UN formally declared a famine in parts of sourthern Somalia- its first in nearly 20 years. In response to the crisis, the international community is ramping up efforts to provide immediate relief to the region in hopes of saving lives and preventing mass migration, while also continuing to provide longer-term agricultural development assistance to targeted areas. The community's strategic response plans are in place and being partially implemented - however, donors have provided only half of the funding needed. Stay tuned to this Hot Topic page where we'll provide news and analysis as the crisis develops in the Horn of Africa. And to learn more about how you can help right now, check out this list of organizations on the ground in the Horn of Africa who are delivering aid to those who desperately need it.
Semhar Araia is founder and executive director of DAWN, the Diaspora African Women’s Network. Contact DAWN at email@example.com and follow on Twitter @DAWNInc. Last month, 14 American community leaders and change-makers from the Horn of Africa diaspora were honored by the White House as Champions of Change ... More
Everyone, say hi to our new intern Paulena Papagiannis. She just graduated from Oberlin and will be on our new media team for the spring. This is her first post, so be nice!In a recent Facebook post, we shared a staggering statistic: Consumers in rich countries dispose of 220 ... More
We'd like to introduce you to The African Future, an organization devoted to improving the quality of life for the future of Africa. In this piece, founder Abdi-Fatah Ahmed reports on their efforts in Somalia. Follow them on Twitter at @dafricanfutureWe have all seen the figures: 4 million Somalis ... More
Drought is a major concern throughout the Horn of Africa, where a majority of the population relies on rainfall, not irrigation, to grow food. In Ethiopia, farmers like Mrs. Silas Samson Buru have benefited from and contributed to a partnership called HARITA, now known as R4. Run by the Relief ... More
Mark Bowden, UN resident and humanitarian coordinator and UNDP resident representative for Somalia, says that ongoing support is necessary to help beat the famine in the Horn of Africa. This piece was originally published on UNDP's blog.Women await assistance at a feeding site in Mogadishu. Approximately 100,000 ... More
Today, the anti-poverty advocacy group ONE announced a new multi-year campaign to address the famine in Somalia and the wider crisis in the Horn of Africa. The commitment announcement was made at a press conference at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York, which brings together global leaders to develop and implement workable solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges.
Last night, anti-poverty advocacy group ONE hosted a conference call with USAID Administrator Raj Shah, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran, and Somali-Minnesotan Ali Ali to educate ONE members about the growing famine threatening the lives of 11.6 million men, women and children in the Horn of Africa, and how they can use their voices to raise awareness and take action. MORE
Quick facts about the situation in the Horn of Africa:
13.3 million people in crisis
More than 30,000 children have died already
750,000 people are at severe risk of death
2.4 million displaced Somalis in the Horn of Africa
$2.4 billion in aid needed
$1.7 billion in aid funded
$758 million in ambiguous pledges need to be fulfilled