Emergencies in East Africa

Fighting famine with the people of Somalia

Fighting famine with the people of Somalia

Somalia is facing a worsening humanitarian crisis with 6.7 million people in need of urgent assistance as severe drought sweeps across East Africa. Caritas is able to save lives but funding means not enough can be done to prevent the food crisis from deepening . “We expect the situation to get quite bleak,” said Paul ...

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Caritas responds to East Africa food crisis

Caritas responds to East Africa food crisis

East Africa faces a massive humanitarian crisis. It threatens the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Severe drought and violent conflict fuel food insecurity. Caritas is striving to respond to enormous challenges across the region. Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan are suffering from severe drought. Areas such as central and southern Somalia ...

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Hunger hits cattle herders in Somaliland

Hunger hits cattle herders in Somaliland

Somaliland is little known to most people. It is a self-declared republic, independent of Somalia, but recognised by no other state, including Somalia. It seems the people of Somaliland are suffering in obscurity. A few aid agencies are present, but not nearly enough to make a real difference. There are already reports that people are ...

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Cholera and famine strike Somalia and South Sudan

Cholera and famine strike Somalia and South Sudan

“We are overstretched and as we speak we are receiving more patients,” said Dr. Mohamed Dahir, who as a medical doctor in Somalia is struggling to cope with high levels of malnutrition. There is a massive influx of people into the region of Gedo in South Central Somalia where he works. They are fleeing drought. ...

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Cholera and hunger threaten Somalia

Cholera and hunger threaten Somalia

“I was on my knees fixing IV drips to people’s arms as they lay on the ground,” said Abdi Tari Ali, who works for Caritas organisation Trócaire in Somalia. “I have treated cholera before, but I have never seen anything like this in terms of volume of sick people and lack of facilities.” Abdi Tari ...

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Changing lives in Ethiopia

Changing lives in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, failure of successive rainy seasons brought about massive crop failure, the death of livestock and critical food and water shortages affecting 4.5 million people in eastern, southern and northern parts of the country. Caritas launched an appeal for €1.4 million to help some 65,000 people with food, water and the recovery of livelihoods.

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