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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.
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.
Images from the Horn of Africa
Click on the images below to read stories from the Horn of Africa.
A Kiwi in Dadaab
New Zealander Janna Hamilton was reporting from Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, near the border with Somalia.
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In pictures: Photostories direct from the Horn of Africa
See what life is like for affected people and Oxfam's response in our photostories.
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Find out what life is like for the millions of people affected by the drought and the latest on Oxfam's response.
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A new survey of people across 40 regions of Somalia has found that water and food shortages are at critical levels and likely to deteriorate in parts of the country over the coming months, risking a prolonged humanitarian crisis well into next year.
One year after the declaration of famine in Somalia, a quarter of the country’s population are still surviving on humanitarian aid and over a million people could fall back into food crisis in the next two months, international agency Oxfam warned today. The agency is calling on the international community to increase investment in both emergency aid and long-term development so Somalis can sustain themselves through drought and conflict.
One year after South Sudan’s independence on July 9, the young country is facing its worst humanitarian crisis since the end of the war in 2005, under the weight of severe economic meltdown and ongoing conflict. Long-term and emergency efforts to help nearly half the population, who don’t have enough to eat, could be derailed by an economy out of control, warned the international aid agency Oxfam.