Horn of Africa food crisis 2011

Photo: Alun McDonald

In 2011 large parts of East Africa suffered what was the worst food crisis of the 21st century.

Oxfam urgently needed funds to help reach people with life-saving food and water. We were seriously concerned that large numbers of lives could soon be lost.

We launched an appeal to raise $500,000 from the public to provide assistance to the millions of people across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya who faced starvation.

Your contribution made a huge difference in saving lives.

The Horn of Africa

The situation

A drought in the Horn of Africa pushed over 13 million people into a fight for survival. Two successive poor rains, entrenched poverty, a lack of investment in affected areas and rocketing food prices meant people had lost virtually everything.

Oxfam was there

Oxfam was there, providing people with the life-saving water, food and sanitation they desperately need to stay alive. We reached three million people with our emergency response. We are also helping with long-standing threats to livelihoods, and helping to build the resilience of the communities we work with.

In pictures

Images from the Horn of Africa
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You can help with future emergencies

Oxfam aims to respond immediately to humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters, but we can only do this if we have funds ready when they are needed. You can help: