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Acute hunger crisis in East Africa

Millions in need of humanitarian aid


Människorna på Afrikas horn, i Öst- och Centralafrika befinner sig i en djupt alarmerande hungerkris. Extrema klimatförhållanden har orsakat en utbredd mat- och vattenbrist och mer än 45 miljoner människor är i behov av humanitär hjälp.  En person dör just nu av hunger var 28 sekund och över sex miljoner barn står inför, eller lider redan av, akut undernäring.

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A combination of extreme climatic conditions, covid-19 and conflict

Climate change has caused severe drought and exacerbated an already dire humanitarian situation, in a region plagued by conflict, covid-19 and the worst invasion of locusts in 70 years. Rising food and fuel costs due to the war in Ukraine further complicate the situation.

Full screen previewAmina, 50, came to Gunagado camp in search of food and water when drought had killed her livestock and disease outbreaks threatened her family.


Many harvests have failed and millions of livestock - on which nomadic families depend for food and livelihoods - are emaciated or dead. More than 13 million people have been displaced in search of water and pasture, while millions more have been forced to flee their farmlands and homes by conflict.


Nearly 30 million people are at risk of extreme hunger, and more than 45 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. The situation has worsened in 2022 and, if aid is not forthcoming, is likely to become even more serious in 2023.


"In my 40 years, I have never seen anything like what is happening here in Akobo. In the last four years there has been either flooding, drought, famine, violence or covid-19. It's just too much. I am tired of living. If it continues like this, I doubt my girls will grow up."
- Nyadang Martha, South Sudan



Millions in need of urgent help


In Kenya, crop production has fallen by 70% and the country has declared a national disaster. 1.4 million livestock deaths have been recorded. 3.1 million people are living in acute hunger and in need of assistance. Women and children are hardest hit, with gender-based violence and child marriage on the rise.


In Ethiopia, food availability has not been so uncertain since 2016 and 9.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. In the Somali region alone, water and food shortages are critical for 3.5 million people. Nearly a million animals have died, and nomadic families, who rely entirely on livestock for their survival, no longer have anything to live on.


In Somalia, the rains have failed for five consecutive seasons. 90% of the country is suffering from severe drought, the worst in nearly half a century, leading to crop failure and livestock deaths. People are dying of hunger, malnutrition and disease in the worst hunger crisis in living memory. The number of people living in famine-like conditions is already higher than during the 2011 famine, when more than a quarter of a million people died. Almost half of all children under five are acutely malnourished.

South Sudan

In South Sudan, people eat leaves from bushes to survive the day. For the fifth year in a row, the country has been hit by severe flooding that has destroyed crops, homes and infrastructure. 70% of the country is flooded and nearly a million people have been forced to flee their homes. 2.2 million people are at risk of starvation and over 70% of the population - 8.3 million people - are in need of humanitarian aid. This figure is expected to rise to 9.4 million by 2023.

This is what Oxfam does

Together with our partners, we help millions of people with life-saving services in the region. Our goal is to reach over 1.5 million people with emergency food, clean water, sanitation, cash assistance, shelter and shelter.

We also help communities become more resilient to climate change, working on building programmes and providing sustainable and lasting solutions for the future. Read more about our work on climate justice here.

Över 28 miljoner människor i regionen riskerar att hamna i extrem hunger om torkan fortsätter. Människor behöver din hjälp! Det enklaste, och mest kostnadseffektiva, sättet att hjälpa människor som har drabbats av kriser är att bli månadsgivare. Då ser du till att vi kan planera vårt arbete långsiktigt och hjälpa till där behoven är som störst.

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