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Horn of Africa food crisis

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In the summer 2011, East Africa's worst drought in 60 years put more than 12 million at risk of starvation. Failed crops and dead pastures forced millions to leave their homes in search of food.

To date Mercy Corps teams in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia have helped nearly 2 million people caught in the grip of the crisis, saving lives with emergency food, clean water and cash to buy food and essential supplies.

We also created temporary jobs repairing water storage points and clearing roads; run mobile medical clinics to reach those with no alternative; kept livestock healthy with vaccines; and helped to keep families in their own homes, so they don’t have to leave everything for life in tent camps.

Now, we continue to support people building resilience to future cycles of drought and hunger — finding new ways to earn money and support their families, strengthening markets to make food more accessible and affordable, training health workers to teach treat disease and promote healthy nutrition, replacing lost livestock and improving the health of their animals, cultivating drought-resistant crops and better managing their land and water supplies.

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