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  • Locusts in Somaliland are destroying crops and vegetation that thousands of people rely on for food and income. Photo: Ahmed Mohamoud Mohamed/ActionAid

    What are desert locusts and how are they affecting East Africa?

    Posted in Blog on 13 February 2020

    The destructive desert locust is causing widespread havoc and devastation in East Africa right now, by feeding on vital food crops and pastures, that families already struggling with coronavirus need to survive. 

    Find out what a desert locust is, why it’s potentially dangerous and how ActionAid are working on the ground to fight this menace. 

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  • Nimo walked for eight days with her children in search of water in Somaliland, where drought has destroyed crops and livestock. Photo: ActionAid

    Millions face food shortages as drought hits Horn of Africa

    Posted in Blog on 16 February 2017

    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 but the situation is critical. In Ethiopia alone more than three million people are acutely malnourished and famine could soon be a reality.​

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  • Six year-old Ture Feyisa carries her 6-month old baby sister on her back, standing next to her mother Boge Abera, 25, outside their village in Shewa region, Ethiopia. Photo: Greg Funnell/ActionAid


    Posted 27 January 2016

    ActionAid has been working in Ethiopia since 1989, helping rural communities cope with drought, and supporting women and girls to have equal rights and opportunities. Find out more facts and information about Ethiopia.

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  • Emilia listens to students reading at the Annaso school in Girar Jarso community, Ethiopia. Photo: Greg Funnell/ActionAid

    Actress Emilia Fox shares her diary from Ethiopia

    Posted in Blog on 2 July 2015

    ActionAid ambassador, actress Emilia Fox travelled to Ethiopia, where over a quarter of the population live below the poverty line. Her diary highlights how helping women and children in extreme poverty helps to change their lives.

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