UNICEF has estimated that over two million young children are malnourished and in need of urgent life-saving action in East Africa.

High food prices and a prolonged drought are worsening an already dire situation for many hundreds of thousands in need of food and water.

The worst affected countries are Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Almost half a million children are facing imminent life-threatening conditions, and need immediate help. 

Please donate now to help UNICEF's work with children in crisis in East Africa.

Additionally, the ongoing conflict in Somalia is causing tens of thousands of Somalian families to cross the borders to Kenya and Ethiopia, placing further strain on already overcrowded refugee camps in Dadaab and elsewhere. 

Right now, UNICEF is scaling up life-saving efforts in therapeutic feeding, in providing access to safe water and sanitation, and preventing the spread of killer diseases (such as measles) through vaccination campaigns.

We urgently need £20.1 million ($31.8 million) for the next three months to further scale up our life-saving efforts and avoid a descent into famine-like conditions. 

Please donate now.

 
A Somali woman and a child wait to register for food and other aid in the Dadaab refugee camp, near the Kenya-Somalia border.  © UNICEF/NYHQ2011-0997/Holt
A Somali woman and a child wait to register for food and other aid in the Dadaab refugee camp, near the Kenya-Somalia border. © UNICEF/NYHQ2011-0997/Holt