6 July 2011

UNICEF has increased humanitarian assistance to countries in East Africa, where nearly two million children under five are currently at risk of starvation.

A major food crisis is looming due to a deadly combination of drought, conflict, and rising food prices. UNICEF has warned that nearly half a million children are facing severe malnourishment. 

The current drought in East Africa (encompassing Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, and Djibouti) has been one of the worst for 50 years, leaving pastures barren, water sources dry and livestock starving.

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

Drought and conflict are causing tens of thousands of families to cross from Somalia to Kenya and Ethiopia each month, placing further strain on already overstretched refugee camps.

UNICEF continues to work in this region delivering lifesaving nutrition and other basic supplies to keep vulnerable children alive and prevent disease.

As of July 6, in the most affected areas of Ethiopia, UNICEF has distributed food to almost 34,000 severely malnourished children, and ensured access to water and sanitation for over 280,000 people.

In South Somalia, UNICEF and its partners are also providing basic health care services to nearly 900,000 people, and provided water and sanitation to over a million. We are also helping to treat over 12,000 malnourished children in Kenya.

UNICEF urgently requires funds to reach malnourished children in East Africa. Please donate now.

 
Iqra, 8, stands near the bedside of her five-year-old sister, Shukri, at a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia.   © UNICEF/NYHQ2010-2867/Kate Holt
Iqra, 8, stands near the bedside of her five-year-old sister, Shukri, at a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. © UNICEF/NYHQ2010-2867/Kate Holt