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American Red Cross Commits Additional $1 Million to Horn of Africa

Since 2009, massive, widespread drought has plagued the Horn of Africa region, bringing intense suffering to areas of Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Djibouti and affecting more than 13 million people. Although seasonal rains have returned to the region, flooding and security issues hamper humanitarian operations in the region.

Red Cross and Red Crescent organizations in all of the affected countries continue to deliver relief with assistance from the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network, including the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross has recently committed an additional $1 million in support of response operations in the region, bringing its total commitment to $3.9 million. It continues to monitor the situation through its offices in Kenya and Tanzania.

Though rain has brought relief to some areas, flooding has affected others, including areas of the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. Also, recent violence in the camp, including a bombing on December 5, has increased the difficulty in delivering aid to vulnerable people.

The global Red Cross and Red Crescent network continues their commitment to respond to the Horn of Africa crisis by providing food aid, health services, camp management, family reunification services and water and sanitation assistance. To date, they have helped hundreds of thousands of people suffering from this event.

Displaced women leave a distribution site after receiving tarps, blankets, kitchen sets, hygiene kits, mosquito nets, a water carrying can and a bucket from the Somali Red Crescent. The global Red Cross and Red Crescent network, including the American Red Cross, are supporting the Somali Red Crescent operation. Photo: Thorir Gudmundsson/Icelandic Red Cross.