The Horn of Africa suffered from one of the driest years in memory. Severe shortages of food and water, along with spiralling food prices and the deaths of livestock, plunged many families into destitution. Oxfam is there, reaching out to people with clean water, food, sanitation and providing health support.
Horn of Africa by moonlight
Millions are struggling to maintain their pastoral lifestyle in the Horn of Africa. Here, Argentinian photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg captures some of the people Oxfam is supporting in Kenya.
Care for malnourished children in Somalia
These photos show how children in Somalia are being diagnosed for malnutrition, treated in their own community, and brought back to good health. Oxfam has provided funding, and trained staff, including more than 80 nurses, clinicians and hundreds of out reach workers, plus monitoring and technical back stop for quality assurance. October 6th, 2011
A Kiwi in Dadaab
Take a look at Janna Hamilton's photos from Dadaab. Janna works for Oxfam New Zealand and spent two weeks in Dadaab camp. Her photos show how Oxfam is using your donations to provide life-saving drinking water and sanitation to the people who need it most. August 4, 2011
Oxfam is there, providing clean water, food and sanitation
Oxfam is in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, providing people with life saving water, food and sanitation they desperately need to stay alive. We aim to reach three million people with our emergency response. August 1, 2011
Mogadishu is overflowing
Thousands of people displaced by the drought across Somalia are settling in open grounds in the southern part of the city. The alleyways and bus stations are full of weak and malnourished people lacking access to shelter, food and healthcare. They face very precarious living conditions, in small huts made only with cartons, tree branches and old clothes. Now - to make matters even worse - Mogadishu witnessed heavy rains this weekend. Three days of rain and floods smashed the makeshift shelters. Further downpours are expected over the coming days. Photos: HIJRA, July 12, 2011
Rankin in Turkana
A changing climate and complacent politicians cause hunger. Internationally renowned photographer Rankin visited communities affected by years of severe drought in Turkana, northern Kenya. Photos: copyright Rankin, June 14, 2011
Food crisis in Wajir district, Kenya
2.4 million Kenyans are affected by the crisis – mainly in the southern agricultural areas and the northern pastoralist regions, such as Turkana and Wajir where Oxfam is working.
People in these areas rely on their livestock as their main source of income and nutrition, but the drought has left the animals weak, dying and hard to sell. Oxfam's "de-stocking" program buys up some of the weakest goats and sheep – ensuring that their owners get an income and some vital cash before their assets die – and we then slaughter the animals to provide meat to the community.
About 900,000 vulnerable animals – belonging to 18,000 families – are also benefiting from Oxfam’s veterinarian and de-worming programmes. June 12, 2011
Kenya: Dadaab refugee camp
Dadaab is currently the world's largest refugee camp, supporting more than 370,000 people. Despite the dangers, thousands of refugees every week are making the journey, walking for weeks across the desert and braving attacks by armed robbers and wild animals. June 12, 2011
Drought in Somaliland
Oxfam and local partner Havyoco have been trucking in clean water and providing health support to affected communities in Somaliland. Photos: Alun McDonald / Oxfam, May 26 2011