Contribution to IOM Horn of Africa Drought Response
The Horn of Africa is faced with the worst drought crisis in 60 years, resulting in lack of food and access to safe water for more than 12.5 million people in the region. The situation is especially dire in Southern Somalia, where a famine was declared by the UN in five regions. Thousands of Somalis have been forced to move inside the country as well as across borders into Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti, where local communities and refugees are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
IOM is present in all the affected countries of the region, and is working closely with host government, national and international partners to meet the rapidly escalating needs brought about by the current drought and famine. While working to address the acute aspects of the drought emergency, IOM is also focusing on support to host communities to expand livelihood opportunities as part of an effort tocounter susceptibility to the effects of drought.
To continue providing assistance to local and refugee populations who are suffering from the drought in the region, IOM has appealed for a total of USD 26.6. million.