Media contactLauren Fisher
A severe drought in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia — all parts of East Africa known as the "Horn of Africa" — killed tens of thousands of children and pushed millions of families to the brink. Thousands made a dangerous crossing over Somalia's borders each day, to find refugee camps already overflowing.
More than 13 million people were driven into dire need after crops failed, prices of food and fuel skyrocketed, and political tensions in the region made access for aid organizations difficult.
Then, seasonal rains in Somalia threatened to spread diseases such as cholera and measles among internally displaced people already suffering from malnutrition. Aid experts became concerned that we had arrived at a "tipping point" where hundreds of thousands could die.
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|12/28/2011||Horn of Africa 90 day report|
|12/27/2011||United Nations downgrades some famine zones in Somalia|
|10/17/2011||World Vision hosts USAID Administrator for speech on faith and global development in 21st century|
|09/26/2011||NGOs jointly produce "Charter to End Extreme Hunger" (PDF)|
|09/21/2011||NGOs call for all-inclusive dialogue to save lives in Somalia (PDF)|
|09/19/2011||World Vision partners with USAID, Ad Council on new "FWD Campaign" to bring attention to drought in Horn of Africa|
|09/19/2011||World Vision joins the Million Moms Challenge with ABC News & UN Foundation|
|09/08/2011||Dr. Kent Hill's testimony on drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (PDF)|
|09/06/2011||Joint letter from humanitarian organizations on FY12 appropriations (PDF)|
|08/31/2011||Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness urge Americans to support World Vision's relief efforts in East Africa|
|08/30/2011||Parents in Kenya too afraid to send their children back to school|
|08/29/2011||World Vision supporters launch global online campaign to make #FamineNoMore|
|08/24/2011||African Union must show leadership before it's too late, says World Vision|
|08/18/2011||World's largest refugee camp expands today; tens of thousands expected|
|08/17/2011||World Vision's Horn of Africa Tweetup, via @WorldVisionNews|
|08/15/2011||Tents airlifted in as world's largest refugee camp continues to swell|
|08/09/2011||World Vision steps up relief efforts in drought-stricken Somalia|
|08/03/2011||World Vision responds to thousands of displaced Somali children along Ethiopia border|
|07/26/2011||Budget battle not a right-left issue, it’s a right-wrong issue, says World Vision|
|07/25/2011||As global leaders meet in Rome, World Vision urges international donors to provide $850 million to fund humanitarian crisis in Horn of Africa|
|07/20/2011||The First Famine of the 21st Century Demands Greater Response Somalia NGO Consortium Says, “Act Now to Save Lives” (PDF)|
|07/20/2011||We need safe access to those affected by famine in Somalia, says World Vision|
|07/13/2011||Drought, lack of food threaten millions in Horn of Africa|
|02/08/2011||As drought grips East Africa, World Vision fears “we have not seen the worst yet”|