4 Links Between the War in Ukraine and the Horn of Africa Hunger Crisis

People are walking on a paved road, and two cars are parked in the distance. None of the people are facing the camera. Most of them seem to be women and children, wearing winter clothing and carrying bags. The main focus of the photograph is three people featured in the front centre, not facing the camera. A woman in blue jeans and a blue jean jacket carries a brown purse and two big reusable supermarket bags. Two boys wearing navy blue winter coats and winter boots are to her right. The shortest one holds both the woman’s hands and the taller boy’s hands.

A woman with two children and carrying bags walk on a road to leave Ukraine after crossing the Slovak-Ukrainian border in Ubla, eastern Slovakia, close to the Ukrainian city of Welykyj Beresnyj. The world is facing a powerful convergence of crises. Conflict, COVID-19 and climate change are all contributing to record emergency aid needs. The…

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Climate, conflict, and COVID-19 crisis in Horn of Africa

A man with dark skin and brown eyes stands in the centre of a large herd of thin, ailing camels whose hip bones are protruding. The man, who is very thin himself, is looking at us directly and wears a plaid shirt, dark pants and prayer beads and carries a walking stick.

A combination of factors is spreading suffering across the region. Oxfam is working with partners to alleviate hunger and push for solutions. Countries in the Horn of Africa are enduring severe hunger, with near-famine conditions in some areas, due to conflict, climate-induced weather shocks (flooding in some countries, drought in others) and COVID-19. Oxfam is…

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