Horn of Africa

Somali refugee father and daughter sit in line at Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya
Somali refugee father and daughter sit in line at Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.
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Latest Horn of
Africa Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is responding to the complex emergency in the Horn of Africa region, including in EthiopiaKenya, and Somalia.

The food security and nutrition situation in southeastern Ethiopia is deteriorating, with some households in parts of acutely drought-affected Somali Region experiencing an elevated risk of Catastrophe—IPC 5—levels of acute food insecurity, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network. Relief actors—including USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace—are monitoring the evolving food security and nutrition situation and scaling up ongoing humanitarian interventions.

New drought-related displacement in Somalia decreased in May and June as compared to previous months; however, the number of people displaced by conflict and insecurity in central and southern Somalia increased, with nearly 8,300 households—approximately 50,000 people—fleeing conflict during the two-month period, according to the UN.

On August 3, the U.S. government (USG) announced $169 million in new humanitarian assistance to support relief interventions in Ethiopia and Kenya. The total includes $137 million in funding—including for urgently needed relief food and nutrition assistance—for the Ethiopia response and nearly $33 million in funding—including for emergency food, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance—for the Kenya response. The new funding brings total USG humanitarian assistance for the Horn of Africa region to more than $806 million to date in FY 2017.

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Last updated: August 04, 2017

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