In the wake of intense drought, the Horn of Africa is gripped by the worst famine in more than 60 years. Over 12.4 million people across Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti are threatened with malnourishment and disease as they are unable to access basic means of survival. Although the UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations are rallying to provide support, particularly to the thousands fleeing Somalia for refugee camps, the current state of emergency is hardly near its end.
“This will not be a short crisis,” stated the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), Valerie Amos. The emergency is expected to persist at least three to four months, and the number of people needing humanitarian assistance could increase by as much as 25 percent.
You can learn more about the Crisis here --
Why Maps are important in a Crisis?
The first step in any emergency situation, including the Horn of Africa Drought Crisis, is for response and humanitarian agencies to get a quick picture of the type & extent of an emergency, greatest needs, vital resources & assets available, and who is doing what, where. Fresh and accurate maps provide vital information to all levels of relief and humanitarian agencies to facilitate emergency assessment, response, and strategic planning.
What can you do to assist? Help create maps for humanitarian and relief orgs
How to get started?
In case you are new to Map Maker, here is a Map Maker introductory video and Getting Started Guide - just in case you need it.
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Supplemental Terms of Service
Your use of Map Maker is governed by the terms of service. Although the Terms prohibit users from entering information obtained from third party sources, such as directories or printed maps, into Map Maker, the following data sources have been explicitly approved for users to enter into Map Maker, so you may use them as the basis for your mapping efforts.
(1) Road, (2) connectors, (3) cities & towns over Ethiopia and Somalia from Population Services International - Please map in these regions.
Link to a MyMaps of these AOIs
KMZ that includes imagery (GeoEye-1 and IKONOS) acquired by Google