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East Africa Floods

8 December 2023 Somalia Responding

Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya have been experiencing severe flooding as a result of heavy rainfall, leading to over 700,000 people being displaced.

With the largest economy in eastern and central Africa, Kenya’s commercial capital Nairobi is a bustling economic hub. However, rural vulnerability to severe droughts has led to food and water shortages, meaning locals relying on livestock have become destitute and families are now left vulnerable to malnutrition. Our long-term livelihood projects are therefore working to help communities become resilient and secure, no matter what the weather.

Kenya is a densely populated country of 48 million people with great human capital. However, with around a third of the population living on less than $1.90 (£1.40) a day, increasingly common periods of drought, and increasing population growth, local communities are struggling. Responding to droughts, in particular, is becoming ever more challenging.

With conflict and the additional outbreak of disease, droughts are having a particularly devastating impact on local communities. Over a quarter of the economy are dependent on agriculture and the effect of poor rainy seasons on livestock and crops has been staggeringly high. A total of 3.4 million people have been left acutely food insecure, facing an uncertain future.

High levels of food insecurity, reduced pasture and water, limited fodder available and increased workloads for children and women are taking an immense toll on the local population. In fact, malnutrition is currently the biggest cause of death amongst children under the age of five.

Pupils sat at their desks in a classroom.
Image: Pupils in Kenya benefit from a school supported by Islamic Relief.

The situation in Kenya

The impact of overpopulation, conflict, disease outbreaks, reduced pasture and water all contribute to communities' struggle for survival.


of the population are unemployed (ILO, 2017)

1 in 20 children

do not reach their 5th birthday (World Bank/UNICEF, 2016-17)

1 in 3 children

suffer from stunting (UNICEF, 2013)

Over 20%

of adults are illiterate (UNESCO, 2014)


children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition.

Islamic Relief in Kenya

ladies standing and talking, with their children and qurbani meat packages around them.
Image: Ladies receive Qurbani meat packages provided by Islamic Relief.

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