The UK Government has announced that is providing £7 million towards UNICEF's work for children in East Africa.

The announcement was made on 17 July by Andrew Mitchell, the Secretary of State for International Development.

"This news from the Department for International Development (DFID) is an incredibly welcome boost to the life-saving work we are doing," said David Bull, UNICEF UK Executive Director.

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.

Bull added: "I would like to ask the British public to follow the example of DFID’s support, and help us to ensure the children of East Africa have the food, water and protection they desperately need."

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

 
A small girl stands amid a crowd of other children and women in the village of Kapua, Kenya.  © UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1124/Kate Holt
A small girl stands amid a crowd of other children and women in the village of Kapua, Kenya. © UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1124/Kate Holt