Amina, 40 is a farmer who lost her livelihood in Somaliland when her crops dried out during the drought this year.

Drought in the Horn of Africa

14 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somaliland are facing hunger following late rains and the worst drought on record in the Horn of Africa.

Chronic water shortages and now rising food and energy prices due to the war on Ukraine, are pushing families to the brink of survival.

ActionAid is working with local partners to provide live-saving food, water, and other support in the region.

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Typically, more women than men are killed by rapid onset disasters like tsunamis and earthquakes, and violence against women and girls increases during all emergencies, especially in conflict.

That’s why, when emergencies happen, we work directly with local women and girls to meet the needs of those affected.

Our approach is to empower local women to lead the response. Local women know best what their communities need, and are able to get life-saving supplies quickly and fairly to those who need it most.

We work on-the-ground to deliver emergency aid like food, water, shelter and medicine, to meet the immediate needs of people affected by crisis. 

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Top image: Amina, 40, is a mother and farmer from Somaliland who is completely dependent on her farm. With little to no rain this year, she’s lost their entire livelihood. Daniel Jukes/ActionAid

Page updated 1 April 2022