Nino, 35, fears for the lives of her children as her cattle - her only source of income - waste away in Somaliland due to drought. ActionAid has helped more than 5,000 people in Somaliland so far, but many more people are in need of support.

Up to 12 million people across Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia and Kenya are in urgent need of food assistance as severe drought has caused a humanitarian crisis. ActionAid is distributing food and water to the worst-affected areas but the situation is critical.

We urgently ask for your support to ensure we can reach those most in need. Donate today

 

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What is happening?  
 
  • As a severe drought persists in the Horn of Africa, women and their communities are facing extreme food insecurity and struggling to access water.
  • Despite the fact that 12 million people in communities across Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia are on the verge of starvation, their stories have not caught the world’s attention.
  • The situation is escalating rapidly – 6.2 million people in Somalia, half the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance.

How are we responding? 

  • We are consulting with communities to understand the immediate and long term needs of affected women and their communities.
  • We are raising funds to provide women and their communities with emergency assistance (food, water and feed for livestock) and to meet the specific needs of women.
  • We are working closely with local women and women’s coalitions to ensure that women are involved in decision making during relief and recovery efforts and to ensure that humanitarian actors are accountable to their needs

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Note: A portion of your donation will be used to offset fundraising and administration costs. In the event that the funds raised through this emergency appeal exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and long term needs of the people affected, ActionAid Australia will direct excess donations to our Global Leadership of Women (GLOW) Emergencies Fund to ensure we are able to support women to take leadership roles in future disaster response and resiliency efforts.