South Sudan is in the midst of a catastrophic humanitarian crisis driven by three years of brutal civil war. More than 6 million people (half of the population) are facing extreme hunger, and 7.5 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. More than one million of those facing malnutrition are children.
We are on the ground racing to get food, water and hygiene items to the most vulnerable people. In 2017 we have reached over 600,000 people with emergency and longer-term support.
Horn of Africa
Across the Horn of Africa 15 million people are in need of emergency food and water due to severe drought across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.
Oxfam is providing immediate life-saving aid and working on long term solutions to end the drought. As of 28 September 2017, Oxfam had provided safe clean water, cash assistance and sanitation to 1.08 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somaliland.
Almost three million people in Yemen have been forced to flee their homes due to bombing and fighting. 22 million people – 75 percent of Yemen population – are in need of emergency aid. 17 million Yemenis are suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition, including 8 million who are now on the brink of famine. Yemen is also the world’s worst ever recorded cholera outbreak, with over 1 million reported cases to date.
Oxfam has reached more than 1.5 million people with water and sanitation services, cash assistance and food vouchers. In response to the Cholera outbreak, Oxfam has provided water and sanitation assistance to more than 430,000 people in an effort to prevent and contain the disease.
How is Oxfam responding?
Oxfam is on the ground, reaching the most affected with the emergency help they need to survive. We are:
- Working with local partner organizations who provide emergency food distributions and work with vulnerable people to produce their own food and other income.
- Providing emergency water and sanitation, to stop the spread of diseases like cholera and diarrhea.
- Providing cash and vouchers so people can purchase the food they need to survive
- Trucking in urgently needed water to the worst drought affected areas
- Constructing showers and toilets for those who have been forced to flee their homes
We can stop the worst from happening. You can save lives by supporting Oxfam’s work providing emergency help to those who need it most.