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East Africa hit by extreme drought

Alarming reports of extreme drought, famine and lack of food are arriving from East Africa 12.8 million people in the region are in urgent need of food and water.


The non-arrival of rain affecting agricultural output, falling incomes, rising food prices and ongoing problems due to conflict and uncertainty are some of the causes of the increasingly alarming situation in the countries of East Africa.

Diakonia has been working on the ground in Somalia and Kenya for many years. With the drought and starvation currently afflicting people there, our long-term development work has taken a different turn. Alongside our local partner organizations, we are now providing an emergency humanitarian response to ensure people have access to the things they need most, such as food and water.