Hunger on a massive scale is looming across East Africa. If we don’t act now, it will get much worse.
Drought and conflict have left 16 million people on the brink of starvation and in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment. People are already dying in South Sudan and Somalia. In Kenya, the government has declared a national emergency and Ethiopia is battling a new wave of drought, following the strongest El Nino on record. Women, children and older people are suffering the most; more than 800,000 children under five are severely malnourished. Without immediate treatment, they are at risk of starving to death.
DEC member charities are already delivering life–saving assistance in all affected countries. But, they need more money, and importantly, advocacy to help reduce the scale and severity of the crisis. After the 2011 Somalia famine – when funding was too slow to catch up – the international community aid “never again”. We can’t afford to not do everything we can. Don’t delay. Donate.