Photography: CARE: Drought in the Horn of Africa
Drought, famine and chronic food insecurity has spiraled into a massive humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, where more than 10 million people are in acute need of assistance. The situation, affecting large parts of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda, is only expected to deteriorate, with some areas experiencing the worst drought in 60 years and no sign of resumed rains in sight.
CARE International operates three refugee camps in Dadaab, Kenya, which are home to tens of thousands of Somali refugees, as well as across the border in Beled Hawa, Somalia. The Horn of Africa is experiencing the "worst humanitarian disaster in the world," which is causing the camps to be stretched to the limit. There is no end to the drought or food crisis in site.
Some 1,300 refugees a day, the vast majority from war-torn Somalia, have been pouring into the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya for decades – now the world's largest such site, originally designed for 90,000 people.
CARE has worked in Dadaab and Beled Hawa since 1992 and is the primary provider of basic services including food, water and sanitation. In cooperation with U.N. agencies, the organisation is pushing to increase distributions to new arrivals, but the pipeline of aid available through the World Food Programme is expected to soon run dry.