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Grassroots Women Mobilizing Support for Survivors of Famine

Posted on: Friday, July 29, 2011

Keywords: Africa, Emergency Relief, Kenya, Climate Change

MADRE is working with Womankind Kenya to bring life-saving aid to the mothers and children fleeing the famine in Somalia. We just received an update from Hubbie Hussein Al-Haji of our partner organization, and she sent pictures of the severe drought conditions that the communities they work with are facing.

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Girls and women fetch water from distances of 30-50 kilometers

 With water so scarce, women and girls must walk over 50 kilometers to fetch water for their families.

Trekking back home with water

After gathering water, women and girls must walk long distances, across barren and dangerous roads, back home.

Carcasses of livestock succumbed to the drought

For pastoralists living in East Africa, their livestock are their means of survival. Here lie carcasses of livestock that succumbed to the drought.

Dried up dam

 A dried up water source in the Sangailu division Ijara district.

Malnourished child

Children are among the hardest hit by the famine. There are over half a million acutely malnourished children under 5 in Somalia.


MADRE’s partners are working hard to respond, and there is no time to lose. You can give them the resources they need to save lives by clicking here to donate.

To learn more about this humanitarian emergency, click on the links below:

Help Survivors of the Famine in Somalia, July 25, 2011

Help Families Fleeing Famine in Somalia, July 22, 2011

Humanitarian Emergency in Horn of Africa as Drought Worsens, July 21, 2011

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