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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.