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.