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With a severe food crisis impacting more than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa, Mercy Corps is expanding their efforts to provide water, food, and temporary jobs in the area. The organization has worked in this region for many years and currently has teams on the ground to provide assistance. Current projects include:
•Feeding 95,000 people in Ethiopia with emergency food distributions including corn-soy flour and cooking oil. Food prices have spiked in the region due to drought and few can afford to eat.
•Delivering clean water to more than 55,000 people in Gashamo, a region in eastern Ethiopia. Neither the fall and spring rainy season happened this year and the land is bone dry. Rivers are at their lowest levels in recent memory.
• Providing cash-for-work programs in Somalia to help drought-affected families fill vital needs like water, food, and other essentials. More than 3 million Somalis – a third of the population – face starvation.
•Assessing the refugee status on the Kenya side of the Somali border, where thousands of people arrive daily seeking assistance, often having walked for days and with literally no possessions or supplies. Local authorities in Kenya are deeply concerned about their ability to manage this influx of refugees.
Mercy Corps will continue to ramp up their efforts to assist the millions suffering from what the United Nations is calling "the world’s worst humanitarian disaster."
Photo: Taken by Joy Portella of Mercy Corps. Girls shown had walked for 17 days in search of water.