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East Africa crisis: one year on

In 2011, the world’s worst food crisis devastated east Africa. It put 12 million people in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. The region’s worst drought in 60 years scorched pastures and killed huge numbers of livestock. We’ve already helped 800,000 people, thanks to your support.

Desperate measures

Pastoralist families in Kenya and Ethiopia, dependent on livestock for survival, resorted to desperate measures to try to keep their animals alive. Many used food normally kept for the family to feed their dying herds, some even going so far as to take the grass off the roofs of their houses, leaving them without adequate shelter.

Child malnutrition

Children in particular suffered from a lack of food and water. In Somalia, malnutrition rates amongst children in some areas were a staggering 50 percent. Food production fell drastically, leading to an increase in food prices of up to 300 percent in the southern regions of the country. Thousands had to migrate, putting additional strain on limited resources.

Your support

Thanks to your generous support, Concern was able to launch emergency response programmes which provided 800,000 of the most vulnerable people with food, water, and vital interventions to treat and prevent disease and malnutrition. But, there is still a lot that remains to be done.

In depth

Concern’s regional director for the Horn of Africa, Austin Kennan, wrote an article about the measures taken to deal with this crisis over the past year as well as outlining the long-term commitment that is needed to ensure that disasters like this are prevented.

Concern’s country director for Kenya, Anne O’Mahony, wrote an article about the situation in Kenya a year after the devastating droughts. 

One year on

The video below looks at the lessons we have learned from the crisis in east Africa over the past year.