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?  
 
  • The situation in Somaliland is critical and aid is urgently needed. The number of people at risk of hunger has surged from 600,000 last year to 977,000 this year (2018)
  • Continued failed rains have worsened the drought.  People are struggling to recover from the lasting damage caused by the loss of all their crops and livestock.
  • The situation is escalating rapidly – 6.2 million people in Somalia, half the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance.

 

How are we responding? 

 

  • To date ActionAid has provided life-saving support to more than 316,000 people across Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, where ActionAid works in Somaliland.
  • Our first response has focused on delivering emergency food. More than 165,000 people received food, including maize, rice, pulses, beans and oil. In Somaliland alone, we have distributed more than 6,000 tonnes of rice, sugar, flour and cooking oil. We have also given thousands of litres of water.
  • 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: The ActionAid Australia board resolves that administrative and fundraising costs will be capped at 10% for all funds raised during an emergency appeal. The balance of funding will be directed to the relevant emergency response program. In the case of funds raised exceeding the funds required for the response, the balance of funding will be directed to the ARISE Fund, which supports women leading crisis response.