Press reports on drought in the Horn of Africa
In Somalia, drought aggravated by war
africaXXI, 19 May 2023
Mohamed Abdulrahman Abdi, predisposed to food security at the French NGO Acted, funded by this Somali programme by ECHO, a rare association active on the ground, explains the current food insecurity: “When it rains enough, people plant sorghum, maize or beans, and the crops are stored. But with repeated droughts, these grain reserves are only used to feed peasant families and their herds. The country is therefore dependent on its imports. And since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, the price of imported grain has skyrocketed. In Mogadishu, the 50 kg bag of rice increased from 27 to 67 euros. In some remote areas of Somalia, a 50cl bottle of water costs $1.5, the equivalent of a daily wage for a disaster victim. Learn more.
From Baidoa to Hargeisa, famine and devastation
Le Vif, December 15, 2022
Faced with the choice of staying and losing everything to drought or leaving to seek shelter from armed groups, pastoralist communities are among the most vulnerable populations affected by drought. The few remaining farmers have only enough food to feed their families and livestock, while the majority have lost everything with no other way to make a living. As the devastation takes away hope, ACTED calls on donors to invest in innovation to respond to the crisis in Somalia and Somaliland. ACTED also aims to promote resilience by regenerating soils and thus protecting the pastoral way of life despite the drought. Learn more.
Somalia: populations between drought and jihadists [1/3]
RFI, December 12, 2022
Hassan Ali is deputy project manager at the NGO Acted. “This blockade imposed on the population makes this drought even more difficult to bear. Last year, people in these rural areas organized to bring Dinsor food home in donkey-drawn carts. But al-Shabaab killed the donkeys and burned the goods. Even if you have enough to pay, sometimes in these areas you can’t buy anything. This is very worrying.” Even more worrying given that in villages under al-Shabaab control, virtually no humanitarian agencies are allowed to intervene. Learn more.
Somalia: ‘We were forced to flee’ in Baidoa, influx of refugees seeking help
RFI, December 6, 2022
Forced internal displacement is one of the consequences of the drought in Somalia. Many families can no longer find food or water to survive, forcing them to flee to IDP camps for help. ACTED works in these camps and stresses the need to find more sustainable solutions for these communities. Learn more.
Kenya experiences worst drought in 40 years
La Croix, November 22, 2022
Drought is worsening the living conditions of millions of people in Kenya, especially in rural communities. Livestock and crops have shrunk dramatically and people in agricultural areas like Samburu are struggling to make ends meet. ACTED is helping drought-affected communities and warning that the pastoral way of life is now in danger. Learn more.
Drought and conflict: a never-ending ordeal for Somalis
Marianne, November 18, 2022
The drought in Somalia comes at a difficult time when the country is facing multiple crises including the impacts of the conflict in Ukraine, food price inflation, the global COVID-19 pandemic, and attacks by armed groups. For the people of Baidoa, the situation seems hopeless as many have lost their loved ones and livelihoods to the drought. Only education and land regeneration seem to be the solutions to save the future of future generations. Learn more.
Kenya: Pastoral way of life at risk in the face of drought
RFI, October 22, 2022
Kenya’s semi-arid and arid lands are economically dependent on agricultural production. In eastern Samburu, with the devastating drought, farmers are finding it increasingly difficult to keep their families afloat with the income from their farming activities alone. Their living conditions have deteriorated considerably, threatening the preservation of this traditional way of life. Learn more.