Since the East Africa Crisis hit the headlines, WJR has been appealing to assist millions of people across the Horn of Africa facing severe food shortages. Sadly, over 12 million people across Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti are still in need of assistance with famine expanding in Somalia while the food security emergency is deepening in the rest of the eastern Horn.
The area traditionally experiences two rainy seasons a year. The late 2010 rains failed completely and the April-May rains were significantly below average and very weak crop harvests ocurred as a result. With decreased amounts of grain available prices have risen sharply, further restricting those with few resources to be able to purchase sufficient supplies. Livestock prices have collapsed, reducing people's traditional capital asset value and ability to buy essentials.
Insecurity, the loss of grazing fodder, dried up water supplies and the absence of locally available staple foods, is forcing thousands of individuals to move to areas where supplies may be available. An estimated 3,000 people a day are arriving from Somalia in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia seeking assistance. It is reported that up to 10% of the children are showing signs of severe acute malnutrition.