Over 2 million children are affected by the current drought and food crisis in East Africa. Here, UNICEF reporters in the region cover their personal stories, and UNICEF's lifesaving work.

Growing up in camps and settlements in Somalia. Adelwahab and Hawa, aged 13 and 17, both live in camps in northeast Somalia. Adelwahab supports his family by shining shoes for a dollar a day. Hawa dreams of working as a medical doctor for an NGO. You can read their stories here and here

Access to safe water is a matter of life or death. Maulid Warfa from UNICEF Somalia writes about UNICEF's work to bring clean water access to more of the country's most remote communities. "Water has been a source of conflict for many years", he explains. "Just 6 months ago, over 50 people died when two clans fought over a water point." Read the full article »

For millions in the region, the impact of the drought has been compounded by sharply rising food prices, writes Kun Li for UNICEF Kenya. In parts of Somalia the price of red sorghum has increased by 240 per cent. The price of maize has increased by 117 per cent in parts of Ethiopia and by 58 per cent in some areas in Kenya.
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Raising awareness of good hygiene practices can save lives. UNICEF Somalia reports from north-west Somalia on the efforts of a community midwife to combat malnutrition in babies by promoting breastfeeding. There is widespread lack of knowledge about its benefits. One of her patients explains: "I had no knowledge of what to do, my mother told me to feed [my baby] water and goat milk, but he fell sick with diarrhoea and he never recovered."
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A Somali boy waits to register for food and other aid in the Dagahaley refugee camp in North Eastern Province, near the Kenya-Somalia border © UNICEF/NYHQ2011-0996/Kate Holt
A Somali boy waits to register for food and other aid in the Dagahaley refugee camp in North Eastern Province, near the Kenya-Somalia border© UNICEF/NYHQ2011-0996/Kate Holt