RedR UK is poised to respond to the food crisis in East Africa.
This week, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched an emergency appeal for East Africa, where an estimated 16 million people in four countries are at risk of starvation. Famine has already been declared in parts of South Sudan.
RedR UK, though not a member of the DEC, is poised to respond. We are conducting an on-the-ground assessment of needs, spearheaded by our team in Kenya, to determine where and how we can be most effective.
“The situation is dire,” says Sophie Nyokabi, RedR’s Country Director in Kenya. “Parallels are already being drawn with the drought that hit the Horn of Africa in 2011 - a major catastrophe indeed.”
“Based on past experience, we anticipate that there will be a need for training in areas like logistics, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), nutrition, health, transitional shelter, and camp management - all essential elements of the response to a crisis like this,” continues Sophie. “RedR’s expertise in all these areas, coupled with our knowledge of the East African context, means we are uniquely placed to support the wider humanitarian response.”
Currently, our efforts are focused on Somalia and South Sudan - both countries in which we have worked in the past year. However, drawing on our experience of previous slow-onset humanitarian crises, we aim to provide a comprehensive response at a regional level.
We will closely monitor the implications for neighbouring countries which may be affected due to geographical proximity and the presence of refugees, including Kenya, Sudan - where we are already responding to the needs of refugees from South Sudan through a comprehensive WASH programme - Ethiopia, and Uganda.
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