Read caption Humanitarian needs in Ethiopia have tripled since the beginning of 2015 as one of the strongest El Niño events on record has caused severe drought, leading to successive crop failures and widespread livestock deaths. Photo: Tuva Raanes Bogsnes/NRC.

NRC joins 13 agencies in urgent call to action for worsening Horn of Africa drought crisis

Published 20. Jan 2017
Recent drought in the Horn of Africa has led to an urgent food and water crisis. More than 15 million people in parts of Somalia, southeast Ethiopia, and north and east Kenya are in need of emergency aid due to the failure of the 2016 October - December rains in the region.

Most worrisome of all, is that famine may soon be a possibility in Somalia.

With more aid needed to save lives, the Norwegian Refugee Council has joined with 13 other humanitarian agencies through the Inter-Agency Working Group, to call for urgent and immediate action to respond to this devastating drought.

Famine previously struck Somalia in 2011 – 2012, and the disaster took the lives of more than 250,000 Somalis. Governments, donors and the international community must act now to save lives from this devastating drought, and the resulting food crisis. Famine is preventable, but time is running out, and urgent action is required now to prevent this crisis from becoming a catastrophe.

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(Paper prepared by Inter-Agency Working Group on Disaster Preparedness for East and Central Africa )