Between 2015 and 2017, severe drought resulted in a humanitarian crisis across many parts of East Africa; most notably in Somalia & Ethiopia. Repetitive failed rainy seasons resulted in a crisis that has unfortunately become a vicious cycle in this part of the world.
impact on children
Children suffer most during times of drought. Drought causes severe undernourishment for children, this is compounded by dirty drinking water resulting in complex health complications. Add to that the fact that they are often displaced by drought, their chances of survival are limited.
time spent obtaining water
Drought is causing communities to spend more time per day obtaining water. Some communities we came across spent up to ten hours per day obtaining water. Most the time it’s women and children burdened with obtaining water.
Lack of access to clean water
10 million people in Somalia and Ethiopia don’t have access to clean drinking water. 2.6 million have been forced to leave their homes as a result of the drought.