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.
Without an urgent global response, millions of children across the region would be on the brink of starvation. And even more were at risk of killer diseases.
It was a scenario we’d been faced with before. When famine hit parts of Africa in 2011, a quarter of a million people lost their lives.
We refused to let this happen again.