Communities in Turkana, Kenya are experiencing the longest period of drought in their history and are now reliant on food aid. Photo: Andy Hall/Oxfam
Communities in Turkana, Kenya are experiencing the longest period of drought in their history and are now reliant on food aid. Photo: Andy Hall/Oxfam

48 hours of blogging for East Africa

4 August, 2011 | Conflict & Emergencies

As millions of people continue to face hunger in East Africa, here's an event that you can take part in this weekend to help raise awareness of -- and help raise life-saving cash for -- the crisis that communities in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are facing.

Started by US-based blogging community, Daily Kos, the online event is about using the Internet to get as many people as possible talking about the food crisis over the course of this coming weekend. The money raised will help fund the vital emergency work of different organisations operation in the drought stricken area.

Donate to Oxfam's East Africa food crisis appealBut beyond simply raising cash, the event aims to increase understanding of the causes of the crisis and how problems that include marginalisation, conflict, a lack of investment in small-scale food producers, and a changing climate must all be addressed in the long term.

It's the latter of these issues -- climate change and its impact on food production -- that we'll be going into in a bit more depth on this blog. Stay tuned for more about that...

Participating blogs so far include, WiserEarth, tcktcktck, DeSmogBlog, MIT Climate CoLab, BPI Campus, Climate Change: The Next Generation,, and MedicMobile.

If you'd like to get involved too, check out the information and links below, or take a look at this post on Daily Kos.

How to take part

If you have your own blog then you can take part by writing a post about the food crisis (see 'What should I write?' for a few ideas).

If you don't have your own blog you can still get involved by sharing other people's blog posts on Twitter and Facebook. Follow the hashtag #48forEastAfrica on Twitter or keep your eye on the latest entries on Daily Kos's website.

What should I write about?

It's completely up to you. You may wish to write an article that explores some of the causes of the food crisis, or a personal piece about fundraising that you've taken part in, or simply encourage others to consider supporting a fundraising appeal too. For further background reading, the links below may be of use:



Thank you for sharing, people

Thank you for sharing, people must know and be informed

the world hunger 'crisis'

the world hunger 'crisis' could be sorted within a few weeks if needed, there is more then enough money in circulation to solve it.

The problem is we live in a world of greed, sorting out the hunger 'crisis' doesnt make the people in power money. They all have there own agends,pushing certain drugs and vancines in these areas which make them billions. Reducing the population etc etc.

We are just as bad, we are consuming the whole earth, the food over there travels thousands of miles to us, 80% of the food goes to 20% of the people.

Keep up the awearness, hopefully there will be a change, and human civilizations what they are doing and we sort this out.




yes all you say is correct

yes all you say is correct .greed rules the entire world ...but we "decent" ppl have to still try to help when ppl starve ...maybe some day soon ppl can look past ther own back yard and wallets


I invited Romanian bloggers

Thank you for taking this initiative, my parents crossed famine after II WW and they know well what famine is. I invited Romanian bloggers to take action, hope to be heared. After all, if we do not take action, tomorrow crisis could be ours...

Thanks for the opportunity

I donated through  We will continue through the weekend.  I sincerely hope this joint effort helps thousands, if not millions of people.

I hope our blogging efforts help, and I want to thank Oxfam for giving us the opportunity to truly help


My own contribution to this fantastic idea

This is such a great idea and I can see reading comments on various sites that it really is encouraging people to donate.

I wrote my own piece to contribute. I'm currently working on the drought response team with Oxfam in Ethiopia, and so this is a personal account of my experiences of the food crisis - meeting communities affected and seeing the Oxfam response take off. I really hope it conveys the urgent and amazing work Oxfam is doing.

Its good to learn this

Its good to learn this informations about other coltures,help us open our mind..nice photo!!