Call to Action: Horn of Africa Drought CrisisThe Horn of Africa is experiencing a devastating drought, which has left more than 15 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia facing food and water shortages and in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) joined other 10 NGOs in issuing an urgent Call for Action on the ongoing drought situation.
The current climatic outlook for the region looks bleak with the ongoing drought being predicted to last until at least the second quarter of 2017.
“The region is already in a crisis. We cannot wait for the anticipated rains to fall before we respond, we must collectively act now to prevent this crisis becoming a catastrophe,” notes part of the Call to Action.
In the Call to Action, DRC alongside other member agencies of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Disaster Preparedness for East and Central Africa (IAWG), have called on donors, the UN and affected governments to urgently deliver funding to enable humanitarian agencies to scale up the provision of life-saving assistance to the millions of people affected by the drought. The drought has ravaged crops and pasture across parts of Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia and Kenya necessitating an urgent provision of clean drinking water and food as well as support to pastoralist communities to enable them in the recovery of their assets and livelihoods.