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What happened

The war in Ukraine is caused global food prices to rocket. East Africa faced a crisis on crisis.

 Millions of innocent children, women and men in East Africa were taking desperate measures to survive in the face of extreme hunger, caused by failed harvests, livestock deaths and water shortages. The severe conditions are being made worse by the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has amplified an increase in global food prices that has turned a tough situation into a dire crisis. 

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Our response

The response to humanitarian needs in Ukraine has been remarkable. We must now urgently act in that same spirit for East Africa. 

Working through local partners, Christian Aid is responding to the severe drought in Ethiopia and Kenya and helping over 300,000 people by:

  • repairing wells
  • handing out water purification kits
  • providing cash support
  • trucking water to drought-affected communities
  • providing fodder and medicine to keep valuable livestock alive
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Nibabo collecting water from a nearby water point constructed by Christian Aid Credit: Christian Aid
A woman in Ethiopia collecting water at a water point constructed by Christian Aid

We must be clear; we are facing a humanitarian crisis. Poverty and hunger are set to rise exponentially in some of the poorest parts of the world... We need a long-term approach to stabilising global food security and to stop funding fossil fuels and the reliance on Russia, both of which impacts the countries where we work. That means investment in sustainable renewable energy, such as wind and solar power.

- Michael Mosselmans, Head of Humanitarian Division at Christian Aid.

Prayer for East Africa

Loving and compassionate God, 

When Famine stalks the land, nothing grows. 

Plants cannot, people cannot, ideas and dreams cannot  

everything withers and dies. 

It is a violent aberration of your will for the world 

and it is multiplied now 

by conflict, climate change and covid. 

God of the flourishing field, there is enough to feed us all. 

Call us to that sacred sharing  

neighbour to global neighbour  

Your gifts of food, water, 

a chance to live the life so delicately crafted 

by your divine spirit. 

We will not turn away but turn towards each other 

with generosity and a justice-driven compassion 

that searches for solutions. 

Famine stalks the land, so may our outrage grow, 

may our determination steel itself, 

may our solidarity spur us into action. 

God of the flourishing field, 

help us feed each other. 


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