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A Year Post-Crisis, Plenty of Progress Across the Horn of Africa

Severe drought isn’t something we’re accustomed to here in the United States. That’s why it comes as little surprise that when one hits, as it has this past month throughout America’s west, it makes and sustains major headlines. But while crop forecasts predict significant losses and higher food prices next year, this drought will in no way devastate our livelihoods, or our likelihood to be able to put dinner on the table.

[VIDEO]: Water as a Lifeline: Hygiene Promotion in Drought-Stricken Kenya

Extensive drought, hunger and displacement threatened millions of lives in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia during the 2011 Horn of Africa Crisis. In Kenya alone, 3.5 million people were affected by one of the worst droughts in 60 years. We responded quickly with emergency water, sanitation and hygiene programs to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases across Kenya’s Northeast.

The Many Meanings of Famine

According to the United Nations, Somalia is no longer experiencing a famine. While we can and should cheer this news, to understand what it actually means we must examine how the UN defines famine—and how Somalia’s new status relates to our greater concern for the health of its people.

So, how does the UN decide whether to declare a famine in a country or region? There are three essential conditions:

UN urged to draw a line between humanitarian and military work

The UN must ensure its humanitarian objectives are not tarnished by associationwith its political and military objectives, or risk more NGOs pulling out of co-ordinated activities, according to a report.

The report, UN integration and humanitarian space, published by the Overseas Development Institute and the Stimson Centre, focused on UN operations in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Central African Republic, Darfur in Sudan, and Liberia.

Horn of Africa: Food Crisis Intensifies for Ethiopians and Among Somali Refugees

As thousands of Somali families continue to pour into the Dollo Ado camps of Ethiopia seeking refuge from drought and devastating food crises, Action Against Hunger is racing to scale up its programs in response to extremely high malnutrition rates among refugees and heightened food insecurity among Ethiopians in the South.

Somalis seek refuge in Ethiopian camps – in pictures

Families from Somalia walk for days, and even weeks, to reach the Dollo Ado refugee complex in Ethiopia, and arrive exhausted and dehydrated. Hundreds of children and pregnant women are malnourished and need special therapeutic foods to help them to recover.

Series of 13 Photographs. Photo credit: Samuel Hauenstein Swan/Action Against Hunger

Proctor & Gamble Commits $3 Million to Provide Clean Water in Horn of Africa

Announced at the seventh annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting, the global consumer goods giant aims to prevent more than ten million days of illness in the region, which, according to the United Nations, currently faces the most urgent humanitarian crisis on the planet. In partnership with PSI (Population Services International), Save the Children, CARE, AmeriCares, Action Against Hunger, GlobalMedic, and others, P&G will provide thirty-one million of its water purification packets to people in the region, resulting in more than 300 million liters of clean drinking water.

"It's not too late" for the Horn of Africa, urges Dan Rather

Life threatening conditions have reached catastrophic levels in the Horn of Africa, with the United Nations declaring famine in parts of Somalia, but people can still save lives and help restore self-sufficiency, says veteran newsman Dan Rather in a new public service announcement (PSA) produced for Action Against Hunger.

Window of Opportunity to Save Lives in Somalia Closing

Open Letter: Putting People Before Politics in Somalia

Bolstering Relief Efforts, ACF Reinforcements Reach Djibouti, Somalian Refugees in Ethiopia

In an effort to enhance its emergency response across the Horn of Africa, which is facing its worst humanitarian crisis in decades, Action Against Hunger continues to ship water and sanitation equipment and critical food supplies to the region to reinforce its ongoing efforts.

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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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