Caritas Internationalis Emergency Appeal
The Horn of Africa is experiencing one of the worst hunger crises in recent times due to a prolonged drought. The current drought is worse in a number of ways than in 2011, with some areas experiencing the failure of three rains in a row.
Caritas is appealing for 1.6 million euros (KES 179 million) to help Kenya during its most severe drought in 60 years. Over 3.6 million people are in need of emergency assistance but this could rise to 5 million as the situation worsens. Caritas will provide food and water and will also help farmers improve their crops and boost their livestock.
The overall drought situation in East Africa is at a desperate level with over 13 million people affected. Drought-hit countries include Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Uganda. Last month the UN declared famine conditions in parts of Somalia. This major crisis has been driven by large scale droughts, compounded by climate change, inflation and ongoing conflict in some countries. Millions are now without water and sustainable livelihoods.