Oxfam is providing clean water for the IDP (internally displaced people) centers, in three drought-hit regions of Ethiopia. Photo: Abiy Getahun/Oxfam

Blog: El Niño and Climate change: All you need to know

A super El Niño weather system is causing extreme weather in many parts of the world, including drought and flooding. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being hit hardest, leaving millions facing water shortages, hunger and disease.

Birtukan picking apples from a tree

Blog: World Food Day: From small farmer to Ethiopian female food hero

Birtukan Dagnachew Tegegn believes in m

Helen Ewoton bathes her grandchild Kaisa, Nawoyati village, Turkana, Kenya. Photo: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

Blog: One year on from the Horn of Africa food crisis, much progress and many lessons

It is a year now since the world woke up to what has been called the worst food crisis in the 21st century. The footage of Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya was truly awful, and the conditions people were living in when they arrived at Dollo Ado camp in Ethiopia were quite shocking. The UN categorized parts of Somalia as being in famine – a term used so rarely now that we had started to think it no longer happens.

Helen Ewoton bathes her grandchild Kaisa, Nawoyati village, Turkana, Kenya. Photo: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

Blog: Crisis alimentaria en el Cuerno de África, un año despúes.

Ha pasado ya un año desde que el mundo comenzó  a prestar atención a lo que se ha llamado la peor crisis alimentaria del siglo XXI. Las imágenes del campamento de refugiados de Dadaab en Kenia fueron realmente impactantes y las condiciones en que vivían las personas que llegaban al campamento Dollo Ado en Etiopía, atroces. La ONU declaró partes de Somalia en estado de hambruna; un término tan poco utilizado hoy en día, que habíamos empezado a creer que ya estaba erradicada.

Photo of Gebre Kiros Teklehaimano

Blog: Ethiopian farmers get their first “drought insurance” payout

A devastating drought is now plaguing parts of Ethiopia, but for farmers like Gebre Kiros Teklehaimanot who are participating in a new “weather insurance” initiative, the payment they received this month – the first in the program’s history – has softened the blow.

Magartu Balcha and her family. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Nine hectares of hope: Irrigation in Ethiopia

In the darkness of Magartu Balcha’s one-room house, specks of sky blink through the worn thatched roof. The holes aren’t big enough to provide any light, but in a downpour surely rain will drip through. On the dirt floor stretches a mattress—the bed she shares with her two children, huddled together for warmth. The family has no blankets.

Abdullahi herding his goats.

Blog: Crossing borders: Pastoralists cope with drought between Ethiopia and Somaliland

On the frontiers of Ethiopia and Somaliland, Oxfam, with funding from ECHO, is helping pastoralists move across borders to cope with future droughts. Caroline Berger reports.

Abdullahi sits chewing qat, a mildly narcotic plant, under the shade of the acacia tree where he was born, and surveys his ancestral lands on the borders of Ethiopia and Somaliland. For centuries, Abdullahi and his grandfathers have followed the pastoralist way of life, moving their herds from one place to another in search of fresh pasture.


Blog: Driving into drought: on the road in Ethiopia

Kawsur handling jerrycans with water.

Blog: Disaster Risk Reduction: Challenging fate in the Horn of Africa

I’m sitting on the bare earth in the small village of Bali Cabane on the borders of Ethiopia and Somaliland. Mawliid, the village elder, looks up at the vast African sky and points a wizened hand towards the horizon.

Photo of a group of women clapping their hands, smiling at the camera.

Blog: Ethiopia: “A better life for women”

Before arriving in Ethiopia last week, I knew of the country’s reputation as one of Africa’s most tradition-bound societies; as a country in which men and women have clearly defined roles.

Fetching water, which can be grueling and tedious work, is one such role. It’s just one of many tasks that girls and women are expected to perform in households across Ethiopia every day. Others include gathering firewood, cooking food, caring for children and elderly relatives, maintaining the home, and working on the family farm.


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