After losing over one hundred of their animals to the drought, this family were forced to abandon their life as rural herders and seek refuge in the town of Kiridh, Somaliland

East Africa Food Crisis Appeal

East Africa is in the grip of a critical hunger crisis

21 million people across Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya don’t have access to enough food.

A combination of prolonged drought and conflict has left families trapped in a cycle of hunger and disease.

In recent months, the rains have arrived. But in many cases, at a heavy price. Drought-stricken areas are suddenly seeing abnormally heavy rains in a very short period and the intensely dry land cannot absorb water fast enough, causing flash flooding.

Across the region, powerful storms and flooding have claimed lives, swept away homes, damaged crops and diminished chances of rains leading to meaningful recovery for many families.

Children who were already suffering the devastating impacts of a food crisis are now facing even harder times. Outbreaks of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea have pushed families with restricted access to safe water and basic healthcare to the limit. And now, the risk of deadly-water borne diseases is significantly higher.

Storm Sagar hits Somalia

Livestock were destroyed in the impact of Storm Sagar landing in Somalia

Over 900,000 children remain severely malnourished and their lives are on the line if they do not receive help. Beyond the threat of hunger and disease, children are also missing out on school as a result of conflict and displacement and they are at huge risks of exploitation. Child marriage, trafficking, prostitution and recruitment into armed groups are just a few of the unimaginable threats that children are facing every day.

Our response

Since we launched our response in the region last year, we’ve helped prevent the suffering of thousands and responded to the critical needs of children and their families who need it most.

In 2017 across Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan we reached more than 4.6 million people, including more than 2.8 million children.

However, the situation remains critical, and the humanitarian needs are still immense. Without continued action, we risk all our efforts being lost.


How we're helping

Ethiopia crisis.

· We’re distributing food to mothers and children under five

· We’re screening and treating children and mothers with severe acute malnutrition

· We’re delivering healthcare to hard to reach communities through mobile health clinics

· We’re building sanitation facilities and promoting good hygiene practices to curb the spread of acute watery diarrhoea.

· We’re providing lifesaving drinking water to drought-affected communities through water trucking

· We’ve established temporary learning spaces and play areas to ensure children are protected, allowing those who have suffered trauma or distress to overcome their experiences and continue their education.

South Sudan

· We are screening children and pregnant or lactating woman for malnutrition in Jonglei State.

· We’re training men and women on the nutrition needs of children.

· We’re protecting the livelihoods of agricultural families by distributing crop seeds, farming tools, fishing kits and livestock drugs.

· We’re providing access to clean and safe water by repairing water points and training water management committees.

· We’re providing psychosocial support services, and educating children about their rights, child protection issues, gender equality and peacebuilding.

· Our Technical Vocational Education & Training Programme (TVET) gives young people who have been recruited by armed groups essential support and training to help them build the confidence and skills to reintegrate with their community and find employment opportunities.


· We’re vaccinating children against deadly diseases and providing medical treatment for the biggest child killers such as malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea.

· Our health teams continue to screen and treat malnourished children and run supplementary feeding programmes.

· We’re enrolling children into counselling programmes and youth clubs, training teachers and households in child protection.


· We’re screening and treating malnourished children.

· We’re providing free healthcare to communities and vaccinating children against preventable diseases and bringing this vital healthcare to a community level

· We’re ensuring access to safe drinking water and training community volunteers on safe hygiene practices to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases.

· We’re supporting livelihood recovery by giving families small grants, food vouchers and animal feed for livestock.

· We’re supporting the development of community based early warning systems and delivering training sessions on improving land management and livestock disease surveillance.

Ade's story

Ade, five-months-old, was brought in by her mother Awia, at a stabilisation centre in Ethiopia.

Ade*, five-months-old, was brought in by her mother Awia to a stabilisation centre in Ethiopia. Ade was admitted with a fever and malnutrition but doctors said she would be discharged in the next day or two if her condition continues to improve.

Save the Children support the stabilisation centre in Gode, Somali region. The centre provides pivotal, lifesaving medicine and nutrition support to the local community.

£60 could help support one severely malnourished child in Ethiopia with medicine, therapeutic food and other treatment at an Outpatient Clinic for a month.

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