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What's going on in the Horn of Africa?

Last month famine was declared in the Horn of Africa leaving more than 13 million people in need of emergency assistance.

Find out what is happening in the region, what WFP is doing in response, and learn what you can do to help.


map of east africaThe East African region known as the Horn of Africa is made up of Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. This region of the world is often characterized as one of the most food insecure do to frequent drought and conflict.

In June, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) reported that 2011 was one of the driest years on record since 1950. The growing concern combined with conflict in Somalia has affected more than 13 million people. In July, WFP declared a corporate emergency, elevating the crisis in the Horn of Africa to the highest level of action. Currently WFP is rapidly moving life saving food into the region, aiming to feed over 11 million people.

Check out our interactive Horn of Africa map.

Where are all the people?

WFP is aiming to provide assistance to 3.7 million people in Somalia, 3.7 million people in Ethiopia, 2.7 million people in Kenya, and an additional 226,000 refugees in Ethiopia and 496,000 refugees in Kenya.

extremely malnourished kenyan child crying What is WFP delivering?

In one of its largest emergency operations to date, WFP has begun 9 air lifts to Mombasa carrying a total of 800 metric tons of High Energy Biscuits, enough to feed 1.6 million people for a day and is working to ensure that 2,000 metric tons of Plumpy Sup, 2,000 metric tons of High Energy Biscuits and up to 10,000 metric tons of Super Cereal are moved by air and road to Somalia over the next two months.

And that’s not all, 85 metric tons of Plumpy Sup were flown in on commercial flights from France to Dadaab refugee camp, and 47 metric tons of high-energy Plumpy Sup, enough to feed almost 16,500 malnourished children under five for one month, were sent to Kenya. 

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What can you do to help?

There are lots of ways you can get involved and help with the crisis in the Horn of Africa. You’ve already done the most important, you’ve learned about the crisis. Now you can tell your friends, family, and classmates about it and help us spread the word.  Here are 10 more simple ways you can help.

To learn more visit the Horn of Africa crisis page.