UN refugee agency to airlift aid into Somalia for Eid al-Fitr holiday

The United Nations refugee agency today said it will airlift 240 tons of aid from Saudi Arabia to Somalia during the Eid al-Fitr holiday to ensure that those facing the severe food crisis in the Horn of Africa country have enough to eat during the special occasion, which marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

Millions facing severe food crisis amid worsening drought in Horn of Africa – UN

An estimated 10 million people across the Horn of Africa are facing a severe food crisis following a prolonged drought in the region, with child malnutrition rates in some areas twice the emergency threshold amid high food prices that have left families desperate, the United Nations reported today.

UN appeals for more funds to help millions of drought-hit people in Horn of Africa

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today the agency is facing a huge deficit in the funds required to continue to assist more than five million people in five countries in the Horn of Africa who are experiencing severe food shortages as a result of a prolonged drought.

Horn of Africa: 14 million in need of emergency aid, says UN

Drought, combined with soaring food and fuel prices, is causing a severe humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa region, according to the top United Nations relief official.

Governments, UN agree on ‘road map’ to tackle hunger in Horn of Africa

The United Nations agencies at the forefront of the battle against hunger announced today that six African Governments and the UN have agreed on a road map to tackle the root causes of rising hunger across the drought-plagued Horn of Africa, warning that the next major crisis could force more than 20 million people into needing emergency assistance.

Flood waters rise faster than funds for UN aid to hundreds of thousands in East Africa

Flood waters in East Africa are rising much faster than funding for United Nations efforts to feed some 1.5 million people whose lives are threatened by the disaster.

UN flies in more aid to hundreds of thousands of flood victims in Horn of Africa

By truck, donkey cart and on foot, thousands of Somalis who have already fled fighting and drought in their homeland are trekking from flooded refugee camps to drier ground in north-east Kenya as United Nations agencies rush in emergency supplies for up to 1.8 million people hit by the worst floods in years in the Horn of Africa.

UNICEF faces $43-million shortfall in fighting drought in Horn of Africa

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) still needs nearly $43 million to respond to the urgent needs of millions of children and women in the drought-hit Horn of Africa, where seasonal rain has not ended the emergency and has even compounded the already fragile situation in many places, according to the agency’s latest donor update.

Crisis in Horn of Africa persists, says UN relief envoy, urging more aid to region

Despite recent rains in the drought-ravaged Horn of Africa, the “crisis is not over” in the region and millions still need international assistance, the top United Nations relief official responsible for Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Djibouti said today, calling also for the authorities in these countries to do more to deal with future droughts.

Despite rains, 40,000 children face death in drought-stricken Horn of Africa, UN warns

Some 40,000 children in the Horn of Africa are facing the “very real” prospect of a slow death by starvation in the months ahead in one of the world’s most inhospitable regions where, despite recent rains, a two-year drought has already killed half the livestock, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today.