• Smarter Aid

    By Nigel Tricks, Regional Director – Horn, East and Central Africa Two weeks ago, I visited Oxfam’s drought response in eastern Somaliland. We drove across a stark landscape; what should be a pastoralist heartland is now completely devoid of water and almost empty of livestock. Not a blade of grass and barely a green leaf […]

  • Shielded Communities

    By Faith Kasina The hour-long trek with the first glimmers of dawn is still very vivid in her mind. “By five o’clock each morning, my sisters and I were already on the road, walking to the community water pan to collect water,” narrates Teresa Arot from Lowareng’ak area, north of Turkana. “All the women used […]

  • A PLACE WITH CLEAN WATER

    40 year old Hassna Hassen lives with her four children in Bisle district in Ethiopia’s Somali region, one of the hardest hit by the ongoing drought, owing to two consecutive failed rains. Just as the many pastoralist families living in the Somali region, Hassna’s livestock have been decimated by lack of pasture and water.

  • IAWG Launches Call To Action

    The inter agency working group on disaster preparedness in East and Central Africa (IAWG) has launched a regional Call To Action targeting the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that began on the 19th and will be running to 21st of January 2017. The paper titled Lesson Learned? An Urgent Call […]

  • Dome slabs innovation helps keep disease at bay in Tanzanian refugee camps

    By Mary Mndeme and Bill Marwa Over 177,000 people have fled from Burundi to Tanzania since the country descended into violence over a year ago. At least a third of those now live in the Nyarugusu camp, the third largest refugee resettlement located in Kigoma region, North western Tanzania. Aid agencies have made significant efforts […]

  • In Pursuit of a New Identity

    By Dorah Ntunga “The only thing that keeps you going when you are a refugee is hope, for better days and peace. I know this because I have spent the biggest part of my life as a refugee.” This are the first words that 30-year-old Oyet Mathew a refugee from Torit in South Sudan spoke […]

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