Hunger and Famine Crises
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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
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.
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.