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Horn of Africa Crisis: What We're Doing in Djibouti

Across Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Djibouti, we’re helping thousands of children in the hardest-hit regions—from the 3,000 malnourished children we’re treating in Somalia, to our efforts in Garbatulla, Kenya, where one in five children is now malnourished. We’re racing to reduce the impact of water shortages by constructing wells, drilling boreholes, and installing storage devices to capture future rainfall, in addition to promoting hygiene to prevent the spread of diarrhea, cholera, and other water-borne diseases.

Horn of Africa Crisis: What We're Doing in Kenya

Across Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Djibouti, we’re helping thousands of children in the hardest-hit regions—from the 3,000 malnourished children we’re treating in Somalia, to our efforts in Garbatulla, Kenya, where one in five children is now malnourished. We’re racing to reduce the impact of water shortages by constructing wells, drilling boreholes, and installing storage devices to capture future rainfall, in addition to promoting hygiene to prevent the spread of diarrhea, cholera, and other water-borne diseases.

Horn of Africa Crisis: What We're Doing in Somalia

Across Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Djibouti, we’re helping thousands of children in the hardest-hit regions—from the 3,000 malnourished children we’re treating in Somalia, to our efforts in Garbatulla, Kenya, where one in five children is now malnourished. We’re racing to reduce the impact of water shortages by constructing wells, drilling boreholes, and installing storage devices to capture future rainfall, in addition to promoting hygiene to prevent the spread of diarrhea, cholera, and other water-borne diseases.

Voices from the Horn of Africa: Hadija and Adan

Hadija Ukalake is the head of Mochuro, a small village in the Garbatulla region of of Kenya. In Mochuro, 285 families live below the official poverty line. Three-quarters of families in the village have come from Somalia, having fled their home country's lawlessness for the relative peace of Kenya. Traditionally, families in the community have made their livelihoods keeping animals, but this pastoral way of life has been all but wiped out by two years of drought. The greater part of the community's herds have died for lack of water and pasture.

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.

Voices from the Horn of Africa: Baby Abdullahi

Looking at her now, it's hard to believe that just a few weeks ago, seven-month-old Abdullahi was near death, suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

Her young mother, Halima, 17, had tried everything in her power to make her baby better but Abdullahi continued to grow weaker by the day.  First she stopped playing, then she became lethargic. She no longer smiled. Due to circumstances beyond her mother's control, baby Abdullahi simply was not getting the nutrition that every young child needs in order to thrive. 

Updates On Our Work In The Horn of Africa: Focus on Somalia

Action Against Hunger is currently responding in two of Somalia’s most affected regions, Bakool and Benadir, where our programs to date have focused on (1) the provision of therapeutic treatment and medical care for acutely malnourished children, (2) general nutritional support for children under five years of age, and (3) emergency access to food, clean water, and improved sanitation for the most vulnerable.

Hunger Pyramid

Today you're going to learn about the causes of malnutrition. To help make this explanation clearer, check out the photo of the ACF hunger pyramid. This pyramid is not like the traditional food pyramid we all learned about in school. The traditional food pyramid shows how eating healthier foods can help us to have strong bones, good health, and lots of energy. This food pyramid is more complicated because it shows the structural and catalyst factors that lead to acute malnutrition worldwide.

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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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