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A close up of a mother and baby in South Sudan

East Africa Crisis Appeal

16 million people across South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia urgently need food

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

Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where 100,000 people face starvation and nearly 5 million people urgently need food. This crisis follows more than three years of devastating conflict, which has left millions of people without a safe place to call home.

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

Find more information on our approach to emergencies here.

Photo credit: Andreea Campeanu / DEC

How your donation will help

With your help, we will provide school meals to children, give cash and food vouchers to families, and repair water sources.

In Kenya and Ethiopia, our partners are ready to respond in some of the worst-affected areas. In Somalia, we plan to work with our ACT Alliance sister agencies to provide support.

In South Sudan, our partners have long been providing life-saving help: distributing seeds, farming tools and fishing gear so families can access nutritious food. We have also provided agricultural training, repaired community water points, built latrines and handed out sanitation and hygiene supplies.

But with your help, we could do so much more. Please give what you can to our East Africa Crisis Appeal

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.

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