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Water hole currently filled by tanker, Berena, Ethiopia

Bokayo Kanchoro collecting water from underground system, filled with Oxfam tankered water.


3.2 million Ethiopians are affected by the current drought and food crisis. Oxfam is responding in the Somali region in the southeast of the country, and the drought-hit parts of Tigray and Oromia. We are scaling up our response in Ethiopia to reach 700,000 people.


We are helping communities look for more sustainable sources of water, by drilling boreholes, developing motorized water schemes and improving traditional water harvesting systems. In the driest and worst affected areas we have been trucking in emergency water supplies to over 32,000 people. The water is treated and used for drinking, cooking, washing and keeping animals alive. Each person gets at least 5 liters of water per day – the bare minimum that people need. Community health workers also conduct public campaigns to help stop the spread of water-borne diseases such as diarrhea.


Oxfam aims to reach some 3 million people across Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia with humanitarian aid.


Donate now to Oxfam's East Africa Food Crisis Appeal.


Photo: Jane Beesley/Oxfam (28 July 2011, Berena Zone, Oromiya region, Ethiopia)

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Taken on August 26, 2011