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news | July 28, 2011 | Somalia | Emergency

EMERGENCY in the Horn of Africa – Call for donations

Eastern African populations are facing one of the worst drought periods in decades. Twelve million people are directly concerned by the impact of climate change and the threat of a food crisis with dramatic consequences, with no water or means of survival in southern Somalia, Kenya, as well as in Ethiopia and Djibouti.

ACTED is keeping its teams and resources mobilized on the ground to respond to the most urgent situations in our areas of intervention in Somalia and Kenya, as well as other Horn of Africa regions affected by the crisis. In the field, teams are upgrading ongoing activities and are preparing for emergency operations that should assist the populations the most at risk of food shortages. An emergency mission was set up this week from Paris, with logisticians and operations managers from our different African countries of intervention.

ACTED is therefore launching a call for donations to help populations suffering from hunger in the Horn of Africa.

For the last five years, ACTED has been working in the concerned areas, between Uganda and Somalia, to respond to the impact of droughts in the region, through palliative actions (access to water, improving sanitation and supporting livelihoods), preventive measures (reducing and preventing drought impact), advocacy and community mobilization.

"The emergency of a humanitarian response to help populations suffering from hunger and the drought is pressing. But we must also concentrate on long-term solutions to prevent such crises.”