Hunger and Famine Crises

This is the largest hunger emergency in the world. While there are differences between each of these crises, we know that each situation will get worse in the coming months unless urgent help is delivered to those at risk.

The Situation

This is a crisis we cannot ignore. 30 million people are facing hunger across East Africa and Yemen. 27 million people lack safe water. Malnutrition is having a disastrous impact and children are among the worst affected.

Oxfam is on the ground in each of these regions, providing food, clean water and sanitation to families who are in desperate need of assistance. We urgently need to scale up our response to save more lives. You can help.


Panyijar county sits next to the frontline of some of the heaviest fighting we are seeing in South Sudan today. It is no coincidence that this frontline is also home to many people who have been hit by deadly famine.

South Sudan

South Sudan is in the midst of a catastrophic humanitarian crisis driven by three years of brutal civil war. As of September 2018, there is now 1.85 million internally displaced people in South Sudan and 2.4 million who have fled to neighbouring countries. More than 4.5 million people are facing extreme hunger, and 7 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. More than one million of those facing malnutrition are children.

We are on the ground racing to get food, water and hygiene items to the most vulnerable people. In 2017 we have reached over 600,000 people with emergency and longer-term support

Habodo Gele age 35, with her last remaining cow in Bisle, Siti zone, Ethiopia. A devastating drought is causing the worst food crisis to hit Ethiopia in 30 years, putting millions of people at risk of hunger and disease.

Horn of Africa

Across the East and Horn of Africa 15 million people are in need of emergency food and water due to severe drought across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. On top of a food crisis, the region has been hit by the worst flooding in 30 years. Significant rain has fallen on drought stricken ground causing 1.5 million people to be affected.

Oxfam is providing immediate life-saving aid and working on long term solutions to end the drought. As of 28 September 2017, Oxfam had provided safe clean water, cash assistance and sanitation to 1.8 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somaliland.

In Ethiopia we have assisted over 800,000 people as part of the drought response. We have provided water in 21 districts including in displacement camps. We have rehabilitated 56 boreholes and drilled 14 new ones. 209,000 people have also benefited from cash assistance from Oxfam.

Oxfam has assisted 140,000 people in Somaliland with safe and clean water.

In Kenya, we have reached 660,000 people with assistance in Turkana and Wajir. This includes water to over 600,000 people and 36,000 people have received cash.

Khulood lived with her grandmother and father in Haradh area, which was subjected to heavy aerial bombardment that destroyed many facilities in the area.


Almost three million people in Yemen have been forced to flee their homes due to bombing and fighting. 22 million people – 75 percent of Yemen population – are in need of emergency aid. 17 million Yemenis are suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition, including 8 million who are now on the brink of famine. Yemen is also the world’s worst ever recorded cholera outbreak, with over 1 million reported cases to date.

Oxfam has reached more than 1.5 million people with water and sanitation services, cash assistance and food vouchers. In response to the Cholera outbreak, Oxfam has provided water and sanitation assistance to more than 430,000 people in an effort to prevent and contain the disease.

Your generous donation to Oxfam will help us to deliver emergency food, clean water and sanitation services.

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