Children and families in Ethiopia, Somalia and Somaliland are struggling through the region’s worst drought in half a century. It has ruined harvests and devastated livestock – leaving 10.2 million people in urgent need of food aid and 5.7 million children at risk of hunger in Ethiopia alone. In Somalia 3.9 million people are facing food shortages, and 308,000 children under five years are at risk of acute malnutrition.
Thousands of families are struggling to survive. Many have to walk hours to find water, or have been forced to leave their homes and farms behind in search of food.
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“We have a shortage of water and also no cows and goats,” said Emnet*, a mother living in Ethiopia. “So we have no more food at home. Our cows and goats died because of the drought. We only have a few remaining goats and animals.”
Pastoralist families, who raise livestock as their livelihood and often move with the seasons to find water and food for their herd, are in crisis with widespread livestock deaths. Farmers are also facing uncertainty. The failure of the consecutive harvest rain seasons last year has had a devastating impact on children and families.
The severity of the drought is devastating communities and undermining the tremendous progress that the region has made in development over the last decade; we cannot stand by and watch that progress be lost.
We’re racing against the clock to provide food and water, to treat malnourished children, and support farmers with their crops and livestock.
Save the Children is working in Somalia and Somaliland:
Save the Children is working in over 60 of the worst drought-affected districts in Ethiopia:
Help children and families suffering in this drought and food crisis. Please donate today.
* Name changed to protect identity.
Ratios calculated across all of Save the Children’s activities for the year ended 31 December 2014. See our 2014 Annual Report for further details.