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|Drought relief update from Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia||| Print ||
World Vision continues its response in areas of the Horn of Africa devastated by drought.
By Rachael Boyer and Shawna Templeton, World Vision, U.S. Photo by Jon Warren, World Vision U.S.
According to the United Nations, more than 13.3 million people are in need of humanitarian aid in the drought-ravaged Horn of Africa. An estimated 35 percent of all children in the region face emergency levels of malnutrition.
With the support of generous donors, we are helping save lives and sustain livelihoods through interventions, such as:
In addition to the general interventions mentioned above, our efforts in Kenya so far include:
Rains that began just recently brought relief to many parts of Somalia that have been experiencing drought. However, many people will still rely on humanitarian aid for months to come, until they harvest their first crop and livestock regenerates.
World Vision has worked in Somalia since 1992, but in 2010, armed groups demanded that most aid organizations leave the south-central area of the country. We are able to work in some parts of Somalia, but we currently cannot access the epicenter of the famine, in part due to lack of security for aid workers. We also serve families in Somalia through partner community organizations.
Please pray that the situation will change, and that World Vision and other organizations will be granted safe access to bring life-saving food and care to the children and families who are in such dire need.
Without improved access, as many as 750,000 Somalis may die in the next few months.
In the areas where we are able to work, we are intervening through:
Nearly 700,000 Somalis have fled to refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia, where we are providing assistance. Kits with non-food items are distributed to families who arrive at refugee camps, often with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Kits contain things like blankets, a bucket, a cooking pot, and a mosquito net.
In Ethiopia, we are responding with:
• Emergency food