Africa Hunger Crisis
Nancy McNally, Regional Information Officer for East and Southern Africa
Nikki Gamer, Media Relations Manager
Violence, insecurity and prolonged drought have been made increasingly worse by climate change. Consecutive years of poor rains and poor harvests have decimated crops across South Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya, and in Nigeria, many are going hungry after being displaced by Boko Haram.
Some 260,000 Somalis died in 2011 because of a drought-induced famine. It’s expected that this drought is set to be much worse. Water sources across these countries have run dry; community elders all say they’ve never seen anything like it. Experts in the humanitarian sector agree: this could turn into a humanitarian catastrophe and could cost hundreds of thousands of lives, again.
Approximately 1.4 million children are at immediate risk of death without urgent action by the international community.
CRS is responding with emergency food aid, water and cash grants for the most vulnerable people, including those who have been displaced from their homes.
- Emergency food air drops and long-term food assistance
- Rehabilitation of water pumps and boreholes
- Emergency food aid
- Cash via mobile transfers
- Drinking water and livestock support
- Food assistance and water provision.
CRS Emergency Factsheet: Kenya, Somalia Drought- March 2017 Update
CRS in the News
Famine, worsened by war, threatens South Sudanese, official says, from Catholic News Service
Suffering South Sudan, from Catholic News Agency
Experts Available for Interviews
- Jerry Farrell, CRS country representative, South Sudan
- Lane Bunkers, CRS country representative, Kenya and Somalia
- Mohamed Dahir, CRS emergency response coordinator, Somalia
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Visit the CRS Resource Center to pray for those affected by hunger in Africa.