They were exhausted, in poor health, and the children were severely malnourished. Drought combined with conflict, and rising food prices is forcing millions into hunger and WFP is providing a lifeline.”
WFP Spokeswoman, Judith Schuler, on the situation in Dolo Ado refugee camp, southern Ethiopia this week:
“The numbers of Somali women and children seeking refuge in Ethiopia is on the rise. I spoke to mothers who told me they were coming here because the drought had devastated crops and livestock and they were unable to find the food they needed to keep their children healthy.”
WFP Horn of Africa response:
• WFP is providing food assistance to around 6 million people in Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and eastern Uganda, but as the impact of the drought grows, we expect this number will rise to as much as 10 million.
• WFP estimates it will need around US$477 million to address hunger needs in the region through to the end of the year, but it currently has a 40 percent shortfall in funding amounting to around US$190 million;
• Advance planning and forward-purchasing of food has positioned to WFP to respond to the current needs, but as food requirements grow, more resources will need to be mobilised to address the needs of the hungry across the Horn of Africa region;
• WFP is procuring supplementary nutritious foods that are fortified with vitamins and minerals to address malnutrition among vulnerable children;
• While addressing emergency food needs, WFP is using food assistance to build resilience so that communities that are affected by recurrent droughts are better equipped to cope with periodic food insecurity.
• WFP is working with national governments in the drought-affected areas and sharing the case-load of the numbers who require food assistance. As hunger needs grow, we expect that governments will also step up their efforts proportionately and will need additional support.
VIDEO (Broadcast quality from Kenya and Ethiopia): https://download.yousendit.com/M0RwR0lYQVMzeUpFQlE9PQ
PHOTOS from Dolo Ado camp for Somali refugees in Ethiopia. If published credit WFP/Judith Schuler: https://rcpt.yousendit.com/1165962845/3fecc8aea5a3ef61fc2d3366268be56b
PHOTOS from Dadaab camp for Somali refugees in Kenya. If published, credit WFP/Rose Ogola: https://rcpt.yousendit.com/1166395073/33f55d5aa3b6edbe914ce555c7ab4214
Talk to our spokespeople in the Horn of Africa region:
David Orr in Nairobi has just returned from Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya where up to 1000 Somali refugees are arriving every day after fleeing drought and conflict.
Tel: + 254 735700041, Mob: +254 20 7622594 (email@example.com / @DavidWFP)
Judith Schuler in Addis Ababa is just back from a visit to Dolo Ado refugee camp in Ethiopia, where Somali refugees are crossing into Ethiopia.
Tel: + 251 115515188, Mob: +251 911201976 (firstname.lastname@example.org /@JudithSchuler1)
Stephanie Savariaud is monitoring the regional impact of the drought from WFP’s offices in Nairobi, Kenya.
Mob: +254 733 528912 (email@example.com)