Families in Somalia and Somaliland depend on money transfers from friends and relatives abroad. Without the support, life would become unimaginably difficult for many. When that lifeline was threatened, Oxfam's partners sounded the alarm.
Within minutes, night fell around a chunk of moon hanging in the sky. It had no halo: there was not a speck of moisture up there to create one. The rainy season, a short one that should have started in September, was late.
This is not about providing handouts. This is about helping a people to survive.
"The scale of poverty in Dadaab is overwhelming," said the Oxfam Ambassador--but even in a time of crisis, people are determined to create a better future.
The famine in Somalia shows no sign of easing and tens of thousands of people have died. The UN says 750,000 people are at risk of starvation.
Those who have made it to Mogadishu, often after long journeys by foot as they flee conflict and famine, end up in the overcrowded makeshift camps dotting the city. They live in densely packed areas in huts made of plastic sheets or rags supported by twigs.
In Dollo Ado, in Ethoipia's southern Somali region, Oxfam is reaching an estimated 11,000 people with clean water. Check out these photos from the relief effort.
“Our work now is a big help; you can say it offers a lifeline to people," says Oxfam partner Bashir Mohamed of his work in Somalia. "But there are still many people who need our help and their needs are ever-increasing."
An estimated 1.8 million women, men, and children in Somalia have been driven from their homes by drought. From a refugee camp in Ethiopia, three of them share their stories.