2011 Horn of Africa food crisis
Horn of Africa food crisis
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In July 2011 the ongoing drought in the Horn of Africa led the UN to declare famine in parts of Somalia. Refugees are moving into camps in Kenya and Ethiopia, and latest estimates (7th October 2011) say more than 13.3 million people - including 841,130 refugees - are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. CBM is working with partners to ensure that people with disabilities are not excluded from aid.
Still now, daily, hundreds of these people - mostly women and children, and many having walked for two or three weeks - arrive in overcrowded camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. Kenya currently hosts the biggest refugee camps in the world in the Dadaab region, with close to 400,000 people sheltered in camps built to accommodate 90,000 persons.
The UN estimates more than 13.3 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa. Of these people, it is safe to say that 15% will be living with a disability.
- Ensure that people with disabilities have access to food and clean water, and that children with disabilities are able to continue in school
- Mainstream disability in emergency response - including identification of persons with disabilities, access to basic relief services, referral and access to specific services
- Re-build livelihoods through distribution of seeds, tools, and other income generation activities
- Ensure sustainable long-term Regional and Country Office support of emergency response and development