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East Africa Drought 2011 -One year on

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


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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

Under the midday sun, displaced people seek relief supplies from Red Crescent volunteers in Somaliland. Read more 

How you can help

Red Cross supports many people around the world where the need is greatest. While we are no longer able to accept donations to the East Africa Drought Appeal 2011, you can support Red Cross emergency work.

Making a donation to Disaster Relief and Recovery, supports the work that Red Cross Emergency Services do every day in Australia and wherever we are needed around the world. Red Cross supports communities, particularly the most vulnerable people, to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

Giving monthly, leaving a bequest in your will or making a one-off donation to general Red Cross work by calling 1800 811 700.

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Please make a secure online donation, or make a donation via credit card by phoning 1800 811 700.

There are also a range of appeals for East Africa running through the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and donations can be made directly to Kenya Red Cross, Ethiopia Red Cross and Somali Red Crescent.


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

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