Ondjiva, Angola - Southern Angola is experiencing a rapidly worsening emergency crisis. An estimated 2.3 million people are affected by drought in the provinces of Namibe, Huila, Bie and Cunene - nearly half a million of which are children under 5 years of age.
The last rainy season, which was supposed to ensure the harvest and grazing of animals - and thus the survival of the majority of the population - was scarce or almost nonexistent in the first three months of the year. Result: in Cunene alone, food insecurity more than tripled to affect over 857,000 people in March, compared to nearly 250,000 in January.
Of Cunene's 887 primary schools, 614 are affected by the drought in some way, which is causing a serious disruption to no less than 70% of the province's 214,311 students.
UNICEF is running against time to support the Government in responding to the crisis, which has had a severe impact on the population, particularly children - most are involved in the long and exhausting journeys to fetch water. Meet some of the faces that are fighting to survive every day.