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About the Crisis: 

East Africa is in the grip of a severe drought. 

Two successive years of failed rainy seasons, (caused by one of the worst El Niños in history) have left some parts of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya facing their worst drought in decades. 

In South Sudan, conflict has been ongoing since 2013 forcing 700,000 refugees to flee to Sudan, sending inflation soaring such that the food is now unaffordable.

The forecast offers no relief. Urgent action is needed to avoid repeating the mistakes of 2011-2012 when famine claimed the lives of 250,000 people. Half of these people were already casualties before the famine was declared, proving that we cannot wait for the label of “famine” to be applied before we take action.

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As well as responding to disasters and emergencies, Islamic Relief promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities - regardless of race, religion or gender.

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ETHIOPIA

  • 5.6 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia.
  • The main needs have been identified as: water, food and livestock feeds.
  • The situation in Ethiopia is critical and is deteriorating rapidly.

KENYA 

  • 1.3 million people are in urgent need of assistance in Kenya.
  • 23 out of 47 counties in Kenya have been affected by the drought.
  • The situation is rapidly deteriorating.
  • Islamic Relief Kenya is operational in the affected areas of Wajir, Mandera and Garissa counties. 

SOMALIA

  • 6.3 million people are in need of urgent assistance in Somalia.
  • 1.2 million people in Somalia are classed in the most critical category- if there is no rain in March, famine will be declared in the country in April.
  • Islamic Relief has signed a letter to the UN Secretary General, highlighting the dire situation.

SOUTH SUDAN

  • Conflict has been ongoing since 2013, with a spike in violence in July 2016 which resulted in large numbers of people being forced from their homes.
  • 5.5 million people in South Sudan are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance – half the country’s population.
  • The South Sudanese government has declared famine in one of the country’s 10 states, Unity.

SUDAN

  • There has been a surge of refugees into Sudan from South Sudan over the last few months.
  • In the last two months, over 32,000 people have arrived from South Sudan.
  • Roughly 2.2 million IDPs from Darfur continue to be dependent on humanitarian assistance.

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