Horn of Africa

Hygiene awareness for Somali refugees in Kenya

July 21, 2014
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Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

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Somali Refugee Response - Security Issues

July 3, 2012
by 
Guy Des Aulniers, Program Officer for Emergency Relief

Development and Peace is funding the Kambioos WASH (Water Sanitation & Hygiene) project with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) at the border of Somalia in Kenya. Kambioos is one of the refugee camps in the Dadaab refugee complex – the biggest refugee camp in the world. There has been a rash of security incidences over the past few days and we received this update from CRS:

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Horn of Africa: Phase One Progress Report

June 7, 2012
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

It was almost a year ago that a drought in the Horn of Africa put millions of people at risk of hunger. In response, Development and Peace launched an appeal that raised over $7 million for relief efforts. This June marks the end of the first phase...

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Water, please!

February 12, 2012
by 
Guy Des Aulniers, Program Officer for Emergency Relief

Following the 2011 drought, Caritas Kenya launched an emergency appeal for 14 of the country's 25 dioceses. Over the past four days, I have visited projects in three of those dioceses.

Emergency relief and the media

February 7, 2012
by 
Guy Des Aulniers, Program Officer for Emergency Relief

"The media have prevented humanitarian organizations from being strategic." The judgment is harsh. It is from Overtoun Omgezulu, regional emergency relief coordinator for the Horn of Africa at Trocaire. He saw the media parade through the region during the summer of 2011. Media pressure forced the organizations to spend money quickly so as to justify the use of the funds sent in. Otherwise, they were afraid that they would face accusations by the public.

Karibu!

February 6, 2012
by 
Guy Des Aulniers, Program Officer for Emergency Relief

I knew Nairobi for having passed through it, many times, when I was heading for Rwanda or Burundi. I always stayed downtown, just for a night, before taking off again. I’ve been in town for just 24 hours but this time the situation is different. I’m staying outside the city, in the Westlands district, 15 minutes from downtown at the All Africa Council of Churches. It's an upscale neighbourhood, far away from the monster downtown traffic jams. What do I mean by monster? At rush hour—meaning anytime between 8 AM and 7 PM—a 15-minute trip can take two hours!

Here we go again!

February 5, 2012
by 
Guy Des Aulniers, Program Officer for Emergency Relief

By the time you read this, I'll already be in Kenya. This mission is a follow-up to our activities in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa. Last November, we visited Ethiopia. At the time, I was traveling with Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer, and Danielle Gobeil, Deputy Director of the International Programs Department. Sad to say, this time I'll be traveling alone.

A video of Caritas in action during the food crisis in Kenya

January 10, 2012
by 
Guy Des Aulniers

Last May 30th, the government of Kenya declared a national disaster in response to a drought that was taking hold in the country. The situation became catastrophic, when in addition, refugees from Somalia began to stream across the border into the country.

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Ethiopia: Gilio Brunelli's blog

November 6, 2011
by 
Gilio Brunelli, Director of International Programs

Gilio Brunelli, Director of International Programs at Development and Peace, was recently in Ethiopia to assess the food security of communities that have been impacted by ongoing drought-like conditions in the country. Changing weather patterns and inflated food costs have made it increasingly difficult for rural communities to have access to sufficient food and their livelihoods continue to be severely impacted by this situation. Here are his impressions.

Welcome to Ethiopia

November 19, 2011
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

In many ways, my Ethiopian journey began this summer when ongoing drought conditions pushed many communities in the Horn of Africa into a food crisis. Unlike Somalia, famine was not declared in Ethiopia, yet it is the country with the most number of people affected by this crisis - approximately 4.5 million. As the situation unfolded in early July and the media reports started appearing, we began to receive phone calls from people wanting to help.