Water crisis in the Horn of Africa

After the worst drought in 40 years, water insecurity poses a deadly risk to children in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia

A girl fills a jerry can with water, Ethiopia


For children in the Horn of Africa, water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource.The region is in its third consecutive year of below-average rainfall, and is now experiencing the impacts of one of the worst climate-induced emergencies of the past 40 years.

The protracted drought has led to a water crisis, with more than 8.5 million people, including 4.2 million children, facing dire water shortages across the region. Water scarcity is killing livestock, drying up crops and driving families from their homes in search of water.

Coupled with ongoing conflict and displacement, the children and families in the Horn of Africa are at serious risk of disease, starvation and death.

The advocacy brief Water Crisis in the Horn of Africa details the causes of the crisis, the impacts on children, and solutions to save their lives now and build a more sustainable future. 

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