East Africa Food Crisis

More than 800,000 children under five years of age in East Africa are severely malnourished. Without immediate treatment, they are at risk of starving to death. Malnutrition rates have reached a critical level and women, children and older people are suffering the most. 

Drought and conflict have left 16 million people on the brink of starvation and in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment. Drought has caused crops to fail and cattle to die in parts of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya – leaving millions facing starvation and desperately seeking a safe source of water. Brutal war in South Sudan has driven more than three million people from their homes and left millions more in need of emergency food. People are already dying in South Sudan and Somalia.

For the first time since 2011, famine has been declared in the worst affected areas: 

Ethiopia: An estimated 300,000 children will become severely acutely malnourished and 9.2 million people are expected not have a regular supply of safe drinking water. 5.6 million people urgently need food.

Somalia: The UN has been warning of a famine. The number of people in need of emergency food aid has doubled in the last six months to 6.2 million. Over 360,000 acutely malnourished children are in urgent need of support.

South Sudan: Ongoing conflict means that 7.5 million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance. Half the country’s population are expected to be affected by extreme hunger by July – and famine has already been declared in parts of the country.

Without immediate action, this crisis will get worse. We need to act now to save lives.

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