East Africa Drought Crisis

East Africa Drought Crisis

Duration: 2011 to present
Human Impact: More than
12 000 000 people affected.

CARE Response: general food distributions, emergency stabilization for malnutrition cases, water, essential household items, education and psychosocial support, reaching some 2.8 million people.

During the summer of 2011, East Africa experienced a massive food and drought crisis affecting 12 million people in East Africa. Successive seasons of insufficient rainfall, coupled with increased instability in the region, forced families to the brink of survival. Hundreds of thousands of people from Somalia fled their homes in search of food, shelter, and safety, resulting in a dramatic influx of refugees to the world's largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, as well as neighbouring countries. In July 2011, the worst-case scenario was realized when famine was declared in parts of Somalia.

Throughout the year CARE reached 2.8 million drought-affected women, men and children in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia with

  • food, water and essential household and hygiene supplies;
  • treatment for acute malnutrition of children under five;
  • the expansion and rehabilitation of water sources, sanitation facilities and hygiene education;
  • support and counselling for survivors of trauma, sexual and gender-based violence;
  • support to herding communities to maintain the health of their animals; and
  • agricultural support such as seeds to allow farmers to replant.

 

CARE continues to work in the region, as many communities remain vulnerable and will be there in the years ahead. Read our report.

 

 

 Field notes from Kenya

Read CARE's blog posts from Kenya Dadaab Refugee Camp  
 

CARE photos from Kenya

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