East Africa Food Crisis Appeal

Six-month-old Dahir* is treated for malnutrition in Somaliland.

Dahir*, six months, is treated for malnutrition at our clinic in the Somaliland region of Somalia.

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Time is running out for children across Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan. If we don’t act now, hundreds of thousands could die.

Back-to-back-droughts, failed rains and war have left millions of children at risk of hunger across the region. Now, up to 19.5 million people urgently need help.

Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan. In Somalia, 50,000 children are already at risk of death. And across Kenya and Ethiopia, hundreds of thousands of children are dangerously malnourished.

We cannot see a repeat of 2011. That was the last time famine affected this part of Africa and a quarter of a million people died – 130,000 of them children - before the world took action. If we don’t respond fast enough this time, the situation is likely to be even worse.

But with your help, we can still prevent a catastrophe.

Our teams are already on the ground treating malnourished children, delivering food vouchers, water and life-saving medical care.

We urgently need to do more – can you donate today?

Whatever you can give will help us save lives, from the price of a cup of coffee to the cost of your weekly shop.


could provide water for one month for a child at school.


could give one severely malnourished child the medicine, therapeutic food and other treatment they need at a clinic for a month.


could help us reach ten children with essential health services

Donate to our East Africa Food Crisis Appeal:

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Aasiya’s story

A child is screened for malnutrition in Somalia


Amina* lives in Puntland, Somalia. She and her family had to leave their home in search of food after all but two of their 50 sheep died.

Now, her ten-month-old foster daughter, Aasiya*, is sick with malnutrition.

“This little one has been sick since she was born,” she says. “I have been everywhere and took her to every hospital.”

Now, baby Aasiya is being treated at a clinic we support in Yaka, Puntland.

How your donation will help


South Sudan

As the largest aid agency in parts of the country, we’ve been treating malnourished children and keeping children safe since 2013. We’ve screened thousands of children and pregnant mothers for malnutrition, distributed food and set up vital treatment and feeding programmes



We’re leading the international nutrition response in Somalia. Our expert teams are treating malnourished children and delivering life-saving care to remote communities. We’re trucking clean drinking water to the hardest-hit areas. And we’re distributing food and cash grants to feed families and boost local markets.


Our mobile health teams are treating malnourished children in the hardest-to-reach areas. We’re supporting pregnant and lactating mothers to ensure they get the nutrition they need. We’re delivering cash grants and food vouchers, and we’re helping communities keep their livestock alive.


We’re scaling up our response in three of the worst affected counties – Turkana, Wajir and Mandera. Our teams are delivering clean water to schools and health facilities, and screening children for malnutrition. And we’re supporting children to stay in education.


The futures of millions are at stake. Help us reach children in East Africa before it’s too late.

Please donate today


Save the Children is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). The DEC brings 13 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: ActionAid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Oxfam, Plan International UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision, all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly.


*Names changed to protect identity.
Last updated: March 2017.