The United Nations Migration Agency has appealed for USD 60 Million to help victims of the drought in East Africa, stating that the region is experiencing the worst drought the region has seen in decades.
“Since 2016, repeated failed rains have led to severe food insecurity and to increasing numbers of internal and cross-border displacement,” IOM states.
IOM states that the number of people in dire need of humanitarian intervention in the region continues to grow, estimated at 16 million people in May 2017.
The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is appealing to the international community for USD 60,655,000 to help displaced people and the communities hosting them in four of the worst affected countries; Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia.
IOM states that the drought impacting the Horn of Africa has so far forced hundreds of thousands to migrate internally and across borders in search of assistance or to protect their livelihoods and that a holistic response that takes into account all the various needs of displaced populations and host communities is needed to ensure lives are saved; that stability, at a community level, is preserved, and local authorities are empowered in their role as first responders.
As the UN Migration Agency, IOM further states it has the relevant expertise and operational capacity to provide support to the populations in need, whether in remote border areas, or in displacement sites, and also will build on its diaspora engagement programmes to ensure participation of these networks in the response, by building local capacity and linking with private sectors investments.
“IOM will build on its substantial presence in all the countries targeted, especially in the most affected areas, and on its already existing programmes and technical experience in all the sectors included in this appeal. IOM is the Shelter and NFI Cluster lead in Ethiopia and a co-lead in Kenya , as well as the Health Cluster co-lead in Somalia.
“Based on its global mandate, IOM will have a key coordination role for the CCCM Cluster in Somalia, while providing direct technical assistance to governments as needed. Assistance will be provided both in the form of cash and in-kind, based on the recommendations of the respective country clusters and on regular assessment of markets. IOM has already established mechanisms and expertise for cash transfer programmes, especially in Somalia,” the UN organisation states.