At the beginning of 2017, millions of children were starving as an extreme food crisis tightened its grip across East Africa. A combination of prolonged drought and conflict caused a devastating cycle of hunger and disease.
Famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, while the food insecurity in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya was reaching catastrophic levels.
Save the Children was proud to be at the forefront of the international response, leading calls to action and scaling up our programmes in affected regions at an unprecedented rate. Thanks to the incredible response from our supporters, working closely with the rest of the international community, we helped avert famine in many areas across the region.
Right now, the need is even greater than in 2017. Still struggling to recover from the last drought, even more children need our help to fight back against this crisis – and have the chance to reach their potential.