More than 22 million people are affected by the drought in East Africa, and at least 15 million are hungry.
The region is suffering from severe drought, causing crops to fail and livestock to die. The lack of safe clean water for drinking and sanitation is increasing the risk of cholera and other life-threatening diseases. Violence in the region is leading to millions fleeing their homes, leaving them in need of emergency aid, especially food. Over 45,000 cases of acute diarrhea in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia have been reported.
On top of the food crisis, the region was hit by another crisis – Flooding. Heavy rains were the worst in 30 years affecting more than 1.5 million people.
Somalia- The country is on the brink of famine. The very limited access to safe clean water is increasing the number of people suffering from acute water diarrhea, cholera and other life-threatening diseases. More than six million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Kenya- although the country did have some rain fall, food security remains a problem. At least two million people are at risk of malnutrition and diseases.
Ethiopia- nearly one million people are displaced due to conflict. The country is food insecure leaving 7 million civilians hungry. It is reported that 9 million people lack access to safe water, and an estimated 300,000 children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition.
South Sudan- with years of conflict, almost five million people are facing extreme hunger, and over 60% of the population is in need of emergency humanitarian assistance.
Partnering with local NGO’s, United Hands Relief provides many families in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia with life-saving humanitarian aid – safe clean water, sanitation and hygiene, food and shelter.
Long-term development plans are in progress to help communities cope with the current famine, frequent droughts and climate changes.
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