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Caritas delivers relief and recovery from hunger in East Africa & the Horn

Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya and Somalia have endured some especially hard years. The poorest people have been hit repeatedly by extremes of climate with drought pushing them to the verge of starvation.

Hard-working Caritas national members in East Africa and the Horn have been generously supported by the Caritas Internationalis confederation and are running relief and recovery programmes.

Food and medical care is provided and water sources dug or rehabilitated. Concrete walled wells have been built to provide water storage for the driest times. Villagers have been trained in alternative livelihoods like poultry raising to make them less dependent on pastureland. Herders have been encouraged to swop their cows for camels in a successful drought adaptation programme.

Families are given replacement drought-resistant seeds if they have been forced by extreme hunger to eat their planting stocks. They also have been given animals to revive their herds. Caritas strives to get people back on their feet so they can reach their full potential.

Caritas Updates from East Africa & The Horn

  • Cholera and hunger threaten Somalia

Cholera and hunger threaten Somalia

  • 16 March 2017
A famine in 2011 left over a quarter of a million people dead in Somalia. The current drought, one of the worst in living memory, is far more severe. Crops have been destroyed. Many villages have been left without water.
  • Ethiopia hit by drought and food shortages

Ethiopia hit by drought and food shortages

  • 19 September 2016
Demand for aid has risen dramatically. More than 10.2 million people now need emergency food assistance, 1.2 million women and children need supplementary food aid, 400,000 children are suffering from severe malnutrition.
  • Clean hands save lives for Somali refugees in Kenya

Clean hands save lives for Somali refugees in Kenya

  • 8 August 2013
Caritas Internationalis has launched two appeals for Somali refugees living near Dadaab in Kenya since 2011. In Kambioos, Caritas works through its American member CRS to provide training on hygiene and better sanitation.
  • Changing lives in Ethiopia

Changing lives in Ethiopia

  • 18 June 2013
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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