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East Africa Hunger Crisis

Over 24 million people are facing malnutrition and the threat of famine across South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia due to prolonged drought. Trócaire is currently reaching over 150,000 people across the East Africa region with emergency food, water, sanitation and healthcare.

Your support is needed urgently

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Church Appeal 22-23 July

A collection in aid of Trócaire’s work in East Africa will take place in parishes across Ireland on the weekend of 22-23 July 2017. Resources are available to support parish fundraising activities. 

Examples of Trócaire's Response

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Our feeding and food distribution programmes are reaching tens of thousands of children in Somalia, South Sudan and Kenya

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Our health centres in Somalia are treating 19,000 people each month, focusing on maternal health, child malnutrition and cholera patients

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Cash transfers

We are supplying 20,000 people in Ethiopia with emergency food aid or cash transfers so they can buy food and basic supplies


Half the population of Somalia (6.7 million people) are in need of emergency aid, including 3.7 million children.

Nearly 350,000 children under the age of five are severely malnourished.

Baare Bule sleeps in the same bed as his daughter Mardo Bule as she receives treatment for severe malnutrition at Luuq Hospital.

Baare Bule with his daughter Mardo Bule who is receiving treatment for severe malnutrition at Luuq Hospital. Photo: Amunga Eshuchi.

The situation is a result of consecutive seasons of poor rainfall, coupled with ongoing conflict and displacement in some regions.

Three-quarters of all livestock animals have died.

Drought has also led to a lack of accessible clean water. 4.5 million people are in need of water, sanitation and hygiene support.

Because of difficulties with water supply, there have been cholera outbreaks across the country. Hundreds have lost their lives to this easily-treatable illness so far.

Trócaire's response in Somalia

Trócaire is reaching malnourished babies and infants with emergency nutritional support through our health centres in Gedo.

Trócaire is one of the few international aid agencies operating in the Gedo district of Somalia, which is one of the worst affected areas.

Our emergency response scales up our well-established health, nutrition, and education services to address growing malnutrition, food insecurity, and the spread of diseases like measles, malaria and cholera.

An average of 19,000 people are being treated at our health centres in Somalia each month.

Trócaire is a member of a consortium of international non-governmental organisations that recently received funding from the UK Department for International Development (DfID) to scale up access to health and nutrition services across the country.


Severe drought in northern Kenya has affected 3 million people who now require humanitarian assistance.

This number is expected to rise to 4 million by July 2017 according to government estimates.

Half a million children under-5 are severely malnourished and could die without emergency intervention.

In most affected areas water sources have dried up or is extremely hard to access. 

An estimated 175,000 children have dropped out of school either due to lack of water and food in schools or because they are needed to assist their families in fetching water and herding livestock.

Trócaire's response in Kenya

Trócaire's response is concentrated in particularly hard-hit areas including Baringo and Turkana.

As part of our ongoing effort in Kenya, 13,000 children will receive supplementary high-energy food, and 6,000 families (approx 36,000 people) are being provided with drought-tolerant seeds.

We are also supplying five schools, three health units and five communities with water, as well as providing new boreholes for six communities.

South Sudan

7.5 million people in the country – over 50 per cent of the population – will need emergency aid to survive over the coming months.

The crisis has been compounded by conflict which has displaced millions and has severely disrupted crop planting.

Trócaire's response in South Sudan

We are reaching over 25,000 people with monthly food rations, 2000 are receiving seeds and tools for planting, while 1,100 households are being provided with water and sanitation facilities.

Trócaire is also supporting South Sudanese refugees who have sought sanctuary in Uganda.


7.7 million people in east and southern Ethiopia are facing starvation.

The number of people affected is expected to rise further in the second half of 2017. 9 million people will not have access to safe drinking water.

Small farmers are the worst affected. Up to 50% of livestock have died in areas where Trócaire works.

Drought affected families are employing extreme coping strategies to survive, including skipping meals, selling assets and migration or displacement of entire households.

Trócaire's response in Ethiopia

Trócaire and its partners are providing emergency support to nearly 60,000 people in communities in the affected areas of South Omo, Gamo Gofa, Guji and Borena.

This includes cash transfers, water distribution, sanitation and disease prevention measures.

We are also funding emergency protection for farmers’ livestock including vaccination, treatment and feeding.

This is vital to ensure that people affected by the drought do not lose their livelihoods.

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