Assisting People Affected by Drought
Since 2009, a drought in the Horn of Africa has resulted in crop failure, water scarcity, low food supplies, livestock deaths and the migration of residents from the most affected areas. More than 13 million people have been affected in Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Tanzania and, most severely, Somalia. Recent conflict along the Kenya-Somalia border caused further displacement of the local population and has hindered the delivery of humanitarian aid.
To help meet these tremendous needs, as of December 2011, the American Red Cross has provided assistance valued at $3.9 million. Red Cross and Red Crescent partners in Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Tanzania and Somalia are working to deliver relief to 2.8 million people across the region. Activities include providing emergency health care, including measles vaccination campaigns; feeding malnourished children and other vulnerable groups; delivering relief supplies, clean water and sanitation; providing cash grants, seeds and tools to restart crops; and reconnecting families separated during the crisis and subsequent migration.