After the worst drought in 40 years, millions of people across East Africa are facing the acute threat of famine. The severe weather is being made worse by the climate crisis and COVID. Now, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has amplified an increase in global food prices that has turned an already tough situation into a dire crisis.
Working through local partners, Christian Aid is responding to the hunger crisis in the worst-affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan. With your help we aim to provide life-saving support to over 300,000 people in urgent need.
In Ethiopia, our local partners will help prevent herders from losing livestock through emergency livestock feed and vaccination programs, as well as improving access to safe water and improving hygiene and sanitation facilities
In Kenya, our partners will provide cash assistance, improve access to clean water and provide emergency veterinary treatment for livestock
In South Sudan our partners will provide cash, seeds, fishing kits and support for village savings and loan associations to help support community resilience
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Adoko is an internally displaced person (a refugee who's left their home but hasn't left their country), living in a camp with his two wives and fifteen children. They were displaced from their village because of the flooding, and now face severe drought and hunger. The community is experiencing climate extremes like never before.
Recurrent drought and flooding, due to the climate crisis and the overflowing river Omo, has destroyed his farmland and depleted his livestock.
'We are hungry. All the support you provided us with before: shelter, cooking kits, animal fodder and medicine, were all important and helpful. The support helped us to feed some of our cattle so we did not lose all our assets. Now we need more animals, and we need to stop our hunger.'
Despite seeing the effects of the flooding (after chronic droughts) throughout his life - including the tragic loss of his own father - Adoko says that he's 'never seen the Omo River overflowing like this... I pray that this water vanishes, and we get support.'
He used to be able to provide his family with food from his harvests, but his farmland is now flooded, and the floods have also claimed his precious goats. Where food used to be bountiful, he and his family must now share half the amount of food. Adoko eats once a day if he can.
But he and his family remain hopeful. 'We have a special place for praying. We always go there in groups and pray for this suffering to be over soon. We hope the best is to come.'