Over 22.6 million people across Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya are in desperate need of food.
We've responded quickly and have scaled up our work in all four countries, providing urgently needed food, water and medical treatment to those in need.
We've already reached over 2.6 million people in Somalia alone, but the crisis is not over.
After only light showers during what should have been the rainy season, families have been forced to leave their homes in search of food.
The drought has caused crops to fail and cattle to die. The lack of clean water has increased the spread of disease, leaving children vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses like cholera. In Somalia alone, there have been more than 42,00 reported cases.
Without continued support, more people will continue to slip even closer to extreme hunger.
We cannot see a repeat of 2011. That was the last time famine affected this part of Africa and 250,000 people died – 130,000 of them children - before the world took action.
If we don’t continue to respond now, thousands of lives will be at risk.
Our teams are already on the ground treating malnourished children, delivering food vouchers, water and life-saving medical care.