drought

An expanse of an IDP settlement in eastern Somaliland. Allan Gichigi/Oxfam
Sporadic, below average rains and persistent drought since 2016 sees an estimated 1.7 million people in critical need of humanitarian assistance in Somaliland, a figure ballooning by hundreds of thousands in recent months. Communal water resources are drying up at an alarming rate, forcing...
Women collecting water from a water tank in eastern Somaliland. Dustin Barter/Oxfam
This briefing note draws attention to some of the main drought-related protection and gender concerns for displaced people in Somaliland and calls for comprehensive and sustained action by all stakeholders.
A woman fetches water in Turkana. Joy Obuya/Oxfam
Installing and operating new equipment is only one element in achieving sustained, affordable and inclusive access to water in northern Kenya. Strengthening the systems that would maintain water access to ‘the last mile’ is crucial.
A man standing by carcasses of livestock in Somaliland. Allan Gichigi / Oxfam
Both inequality and climate change are hot topics, gaining traction as the bleak effects set in, but the intersection of the two demands far more attention and action. If we want to get serious on climate change, we must tackle inequality, and vice versa. Nowhere was this starker for me than on a...
A woman walking through a settlement for displaced people in Somaliland. Allan Gichigi/Oxfam
In 2017, serious drought forced thousands of Somali families to leave their rural homes and look for alternative means to earn an income in urban centers. However, despite the limited livelihood opportunities available, these families do not intend to return home soon.
Oxfam supplying clean water to thousands of people affected by an unprecedented drought in Fadhi Gaab IDP camp, northern Somaliland. Allan Gichigi / Oxfam
16 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia have been adversely affected as a result of five consecutive poor to failed rains that have led to an unprecedented three-year drought. Crops have been decimated and families have lost nearly all their livestock, their main economic mainstay and...
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