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Three-year-old Nimo in Somaliland cries herself to sleep because she is so hungry.

Climate change and the El Niño weather phenomenon mean that families already living on the margins of survival are struggling to grow or buy the food they desperately need. In Somaliland, drought is causing harvests to fail and turning fields to dust. In Bangladesh, flooding rivers and rising seas are swamping crops and robbing people of their livelihoods. We're working to support the most vulnerable - but we need your help.

Children who survived the mudslide wait at a shelter in Freetown.

It is now just over a week since a devastating mudslide swept through some of the poorest communities in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Over 500 people have been confirmed to have died, while over 3,000 people remain missing. Those who have survived have lost everything, and are in a deep state of trauma. Our local staff in Freetown were able to respond within hours of the mudslide, helping in the immediate relief efforts. By last Friday, they had reached 260 families with emergency supplies of food, water and shelter. These images from the team show the impact of the mudslide, and what they are doing to help the most vulnerable.  

Two-year-old Ntemu and his mother collect food at a food distribution point run by ActionAid Kenya.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of everyone have donated to the East Africa Crisis Appeal, ActionAid has supported over 128,600 people so far across Kenya, Somaliland and Ethiopia. In Kenya, ActionAid has supported over 98,000 people. Our local staff are there on the ground now distributing food, including rice, oil and beans, constructing water tanks and rehabilitating boreholes so that communities can get access to water. Find out how your donations are making a huge difference in Kenya right now.

Girls like Amina are at risk of violence during their long walks to fetch water.

Every day, climate change is threatening the lives of women and girls around the world. Erratic rainfall, rising sea levels and devastating droughts are destroying crops and livelihoods, and leaving women and girls vulnerable. Women already bear an unequal burden which is made worse in climate crises as they are forced to travel longer distances to collect water and supplies. On these journeys, they are often exposed to the threat of violence. Women and girls in Somaliland told us of their fears now that drought has gripped their country.

Malyuun carefully measures out rations for her family, including her one-year-old son, Sakariye-Ahmed.

How do you feed a family during a drought?

Posted in Blogs 3 years 4 days ago

The fields outside lie dry and barren, unable to produce the crops that once fed your family. Meanwhile, the cooking pot inside your hut looks equally bare. All you have is a small amount of rice, borrowed from a neighbour, with which to feed several hungry mouths. Then comes the impossible question: who do you feed first? Is it the eldest child who walks long distances in search of water and needs the energy? Or the youngest child who doesn't understand drought and is less easily consoled?

Hasha Kalcatcha, from the Borana tribe, using mobile technology to tackle hunger in Kenya

Innovation is crucial to ActionAid – it helps us to reach more people and have an even greater impact on the people we support who are living in poverty. Our global strategy calls for alternatives - new thinking and innovative approaches. Using mobile technology in Kenya is just one of many ways in which we're doing exactly that.

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