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East Africa Crisis Appeal

East Africa Food Crisis – final appeal summary

A catastrophic food crisis left millions of people in East Africa facing the threat of starvation. At its peak, some 20m people in the region were affected by intense food shortages, fuelled by either severe drought or civil conflict.

Appeal launched:

February 2017

Total amount raised:


What we achieved

Through our partners, we have reached nearly 75,000 people across South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia. As well as responding to immediate relief needs, we have also helped communities to recover and build resilience for the long term.

Our partners provided:

  • safe, clean drinking water to over 21,000 people
  • food supplies to 6,000 people
  • food vouchers to 600 families
  • fishing materials to 6,000 people, to give them a sustainable way to find nutritious food
  • survival kits (including kitchen materials, plastic sheets, mosquito nets) to 6,000 people
  • cash distributions to over 2,500 families, so they can meet their essential needs
  • emergency feed for the animals of more than 1,200 livestock owners, to give them a means to earn a living again.

Communities are reducing the risk of disasters by building dykes to avoid flooding, and building latrines to prevent diseases. Others have constructed water pans and are managing rangelands. Savings groups are being strengthened as a way of developing small enterprises.



People are dying daily from hunger and malnutrition across East Africa. This is the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945.

Famine affected parts of South Sudan during the first half of 2017. Six million South Sudanese people urgently need food – an all-time high for the country. This crisis follows more than three years of devastating conflict, which has forced millions to abandon their homes.

The situation is also grave in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia where 14 million people are going hungry every day, caught up in the region’s worst drought in 50 years. In Somalia alone, over 360,000 children under five are extremely malnourished.

The situation is deteriorating rapidly. A major catastrophe is unfolding. We need to reach people quickly.
We must act now. Please donate to our East Africa Crisis Appeal

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Photo credit: Andreea Campeanu / DEC

How we're helping

Thanks to your amazing support, the Disasters Emergencies Committee (DEC) East Africa Appeal has raised £55 million so far, and Christian Aid’s own appeal has raised over £1.8 million.

Using funds raised from the DEC Appeal, Christian Aid will respond in Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan over the next six months.

Your donations are providing:

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Tools for work

Animal feed to 1,240 livestock owners

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Safe, clean drinking water to 21,080 people

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6,000 people are receiving food

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Cash and vouchers

Cash support to 1,600 families

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Medical assistance

Mosquito nets to 6,000 people

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Tools for work

6,000 people are receiving fishing materials

Mary Aluat and her daughter Manut.

Mary Aluat

Mary Aluat’s daughter Manut has had no food for two days and she does not stop crying. The four-year-old is highly malnourished and under developed for her age. The family have been struggling to find food for the last three months. They currently eat one meagre meal a day.

Mary’s husband is a fisherman. ‘For the last two weeks, he has been unsuccessful in his fishing,’ she said. The river is almost exhausted of fish.

Mary and her family come from northern Bar el Ghazal, north of South Sudan. The food situation in Bar el Ghazal is classified at an emergency level. This classification means that many households are going for long periods without food, resulting in acute malnutrition and deaths.

Help vulnerable families like Mary’s

Please donate to our East Africa Crisis Appeal.