Horn of Africa Drought

Over a million people in the Horn of Africa have been displaced as they desperately search for food.

Find out more and see how ShelterBox is helping.

What's happening in the Horn of Africa?

The Horn of Africa is facing its worst drought in more than forty years. After four consecutive failed rainy seasons in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, people are living on the brink of famine.

Across East Africa, almost 36 million people have been affected by the drought. More than 1.5 million people are displaced, and many of them are on the move as they desperately search for food.

ShelterBox is responding. Find out more about the situation in the Horn of Africa and how we’re helping.

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How is ShelterBox helping?

Communities affected by severe drought in the Horn of Africa desperately need emergency shelter.

Millions of people are at risk of famine, and many more are leaving their homes and livelihoods behind in search of food. That’s why we will be providing emergency shelter aid to 12,000 displaced people affected by the drought in the Somali region of Ethiopia.

Cycle 1, which is now complete, supported communities in both the Somali region displaced by the drought; and communities in the Afar region who have returned to their homes following the conflict in Tigray. Distribution cycle 2 will support families affected by drought and conflict in the Somali region and communities displaced by inter-communal conflict in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR).

Our aid includes tarpaulins, rope, and other essential items. These will allow people to build emergency shelters to help protect themselves from the elements.

It will also give people who have been forced to leave their homes a private space they can temporarily call home and be together with their families.

Where is the Horn of Africa?

The Horn of Africa is the easternmost peninsula of the African continent.

The name comes from the horn-shaped land formation of the region.

The Horn of Africa includes Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and South Sudan.

The peninsula has an estimated population of 115 million and about 130 languages.

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