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East Africa Drought 2011

One year after the drought was at its peak, affecting more than 13 million people across East Africa, many communities have crops, food and water.

The effects of the drought eased for some communities following heavy rains, resulting in greater water availability and some good crop harvests in parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

Even though the situation in East Africa has improved, life is still very tough for millions of people, who have insufficient food.

Localised flooding in some areas of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, as well as some areas of armed conflict, caused further problems for hundreds of thousands of people still feeling the impacts of the drought.

Healthy food - healthy future

Healthy meals and classes are fun at the Mwingi Special School for the Hearing Impaired, though five-year-old Nicholas loves playtime the best. Read more

The frontline in the Kenya refugee crisis

Children injured during armed conflict in Kenya, adding to pressures communities faced due to the drought. Read more

Red Cross response

The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has reached more than 3.1 million people with humanitarian assistance such as food, water and support to grow crops, across the Horn of Africa over the past year. Read more



Photo: Australian Red Cross/Madeline Wilson, IFRC/Alexander Matheou