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How a rapid response helped to avert famine in Somalia this year

Alexander Carnwath | 22 December 2017 | 0 Comments

In our ‘thought leadership’ series, Concern's Humanitarian and Resilience Senior Policy Officer, Alexander Carnwath, and Resilience Programme Manager in Somalia, Dustin Caniglia examine the effectiveness of early warning systems and rapid response in helping to avert famine in Somalia this year and their continued importance in 2018.

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Topics: famine, somalia, food crisis, drought, thought leadership series

Praying for rain in Kenya

Catriona Loughran | 04 July 2017 | 0 Comments

Concern communications officer, Catriona Loughran, visited drought-afflicted northern Kenya in February of this year. Now she reflects on her trip as the communities she visited continue to suffer the devestating consequences of the arid climate. 

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Topics: food insecurity, hunger, drought, Kenya, east africa food crisis

Water in the Desert: A photo story from Pakistan

Clare Ahern | 23 June 2017 | 0 Comments

In the second of our reports from Pakistan's Thar Desert, we look at the difficulties of accessing water during prolonged drought. With support from ECHO, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department, we are working with communities to address the challenges. 

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Topics: water, wash, Pakistan, drought

The women of Marsabit build resilience against drought

Maedhbh McDonald | 30 May 2017 | 0 Comments

Marsabit, Kenya’s largest county, sits in the north of the country and hosts a population of over 300,000 people. The county is prone to unpredictable weather conditions and has been hard hit by the recent drought. Concern is working there as part of the Resilience Consortium, funded by European Union Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), to strengthen communities and build resilience against drought.

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Topics: food insecurity, drought, Kenya

Life in the Thar Desert: A photo story

Clare Ahern | 26 May 2017 | 1 Comment

Prolonged drought is having a devastating impact for people living in Pakistan's Thar Desert. With support from ECHO, the European Commission's humanitarian aid department, we're working with partners to build resilience amongst the region's most vulnerable communities. 

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Topics: malnutrition, Pakistan, drought, Desert

Time is running out as drought causes devastation in Somaliland

Kieran McConville | 20 March 2017 | 0 Comments

Scorched earth, scattered carcasses and struggling families. Concern’s Kieran McConville reports from the Gabiley region in Somaliland, where the worst drought in decades is devastating livestock and pushing families to the brink of starvation.

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Topics: somalia, food crisis, drought, somaliland

Somalia: on the brink of famine?

Deborah Underdown | 09 February 2017 | 0 Comments

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, has warned that famine could soon become a reality in Somalia. In 2011 a famine resulted in the estimated loss of more than a quarter a million lives so why is the country once again on the brink of catastrophe? 

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Topics: climate change, somalia, drought

The Brief: Ethiopia

Maedhbh McDonald | 04 July 2016 | 0 Comments

Ethiopia is currently experiencing a severe drought due to two consecutive poor rainy seasons; it is reportedly the worst drought in the country in over 50 years, exacerbated by the El Niño phenomenon.

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Topics: ethiopia, malnutrition, humanitarian crisis, drought

Ethiopia: Resilience has its limits

Aoife O'Grady | 20 May 2016 | 0 Comments

Failed spring rains drove drought leading to food insecurity, malnutrition and water shortages. Resilience-building has provided a significant buffer, however even the strongest communities have their limits.

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Topics: ethiopia, malnutrition, drought

El Niño wreaks havoc in southern & eastern Africa

Aoife O'Grady | 25 April 2016 | 0 Comments

El Niño is driving severe drought in southern and eastern Africa, leading to serious food insecurity. This month the situation worsened: 10.2 million Ethiopians are in urgent need of food aid, Malawi has declared a state of national disaster and Mozambique is on red alert. Read our social story.

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Topics: malawi, el nino, ethiopia, mozambique, drought

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