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Horn of Africa Crisis: Progress to Date, Daunting Challenges Ahead

Given the immense scale of the humanitarian disaster affecting the Greater Horn of Africa—some 12 million people across four countries—we fear this devastating food crisis will continue well into next year. Even as we struggle to reach everyone in need of help, it’s clear that hundreds of thousands of families will remain in urgent need of food and assistance in the coming months, even if the rains arrive later this year.

Famine Declared in Somalia as Scale & Scope Reach Catastrophic Levels

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA—With life-threatening conditions reaching catastrophic levels in parts of Eastern Africa, the United Nations took the extraordinary step of declaring famine in parts of Somalia, a classification defined by mortality rates greater than two people per 10,000 per day across a specific region, along with skyrocketing rates of deadly malnutrition (above 30% for children under five), among other indicators.

One in Three Children's Lives at Risk from Malnutrition in Somalia

NAIROBI, KENYA—An estimated 10 million people in the Horn of Africa are in urgent need of assistance as drought-like conditions threaten to push populations into a devastating nutritional crisis, warns humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International.

Malnutrition Rates Soar as Regional Food Crisis Grips Kenya

NAIROBI, KENYA — As a severe food crisis sweeps across the Greater Horn of Africa, an estimated 10 million people are faced with food shortages, mass livestock losses, and protracted drought-like conditions. In Kenya alone, some 3.5 million people have been declared food insecure, with significant numbers facing catastrophic conditions after consecutive years of below-average rainfall that have resulted in one of the driest years since 1950.

Humanitarians Brace for Broader Crisis as Rising Tensions Displace Tens of Thousands in Southern Sudan

ABYEI, SOUTHERN SUDAN—Tensions have risen steadily in Sudan as the date for southern independence draws near, but recent developments suggest a new level of insecurity along disputed sections of the border , displacing tens of thousands in the region and threatening to set off a broader humanitarian crisis. While the situation remains fluid, an estimated 110,000 people have already fled their homes in and around Abyei, relocating in neighboring Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Unity, and Warrap State.

Humanitarian Crisis Persists as Ivory Coast Sees Political Recovery

DUÉKOUÉ, IVORY COAST—While the Ivory Coast’s recent political crisis has subsided, the resulting humanitarian emergency persists. Tens of thousands of Ivoirians remain displaced, taking refuge in makeshift camps in the western part of the country, while thousands of others remain vulnerable to recent economic and agricultural disruptions.

Action Against Hunger Reinforcing Efforts in Ivory Coast Town Following Massacre

DUÉKOUÉ, IVORY COAST—Action Against Hunger | ACF International is reinforcing its emergency response following the massacre of hundreds in the town of Duékoué between March 27th and 29th. Conditions in western Ivory Coast have reached a new level of urgency as thousands of displaced families face a public health crisis amid deteriorating sanitary conditions and increasing rates of malnutrition.

Action Against Hunger Ramps Up Emergency Response for Thousands Fleeing Unrest in Ivory Coast

UPDATE: April 25, 2011—Action Against Hunger is distributing 35 tons of emergency food assistance to help the estimated 70,000 people in Abidjan—Ivory Coast's largest city—made vulnerable by food shortages and spikes in the cost of basic foodstuffs. Despite early signs of economic renewal, food scarcity and public health risks continue to threaten thousands of residents' lives.

Earthquake in Japan: ACF Responding to Tsunami Threat in Philippines

CATANDUANES, PHILIPPINES—In response to the threat of tsunamis resulting from the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan, the international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International has launched emergency measures with local and national authorities to help more than 45,000 people evacuate from at-risk areas of Catanduanes, an island province of the Philippines.

ACF Emergency Humanitarian Team Dispatched to Libya-Tunisia Border

UPDATE: March 6, 2011—As the Libyan conflict continues, humanitarian agencies such as Action Against Hunger | ACF International are preparing for a potential new influx of displaced populations in the coming days. Action Against Hunger's teams continue to prioritize public health and sanitation in the makeshift camp of Chouchen along the Libyan-Tunisian border (five miles from Ras Jedir), which currently houses some 14,000 refugees of various nationalities awaiting repatriation to their countries of origin.

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About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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