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Over 16 million people are facing devastating food shortages caused by sustained drought and conflict in East Africa.
People are already dying in South Sudan, Somalia (including Somaliland) Kenya and Ethiopia, and if we don’t act immediately, hundreds of thousands more are at risk of dying of starvation, infection and disease.
We are facing the worst humanitarian disaster this century. Our local staff are on the ground right now, working with communities to respond to the crisis with food and water distribution, but the situation is critical – and getting worse.
East Africa Crisis Appeal
ActionAid has supported over 128,600 people so far across Kenya, Somaliland and Ethiopia, like Hinda and her family.
35-year-old Hinda and her children were forced to leave their home in search of food and water. What they found instead was a trail of carcasses: cattle, goats and camels – the backbone of the country’s economy.
"There is no food. For the last year everything has been dying. The animals will eat anything they find, rubbish, stones, anything. They fall sick and then they die. I'm hungry. My children are hungry,” says Hinda.
East Africa crisis facts
- Somalia: 6.2 million people urgently need help. 80 per cent of livestock has been wiped out in Somaliland.
- Ethiopia: 5.6 million people need urgent food aid; three million mothers and children are acutely malnourished.
- Kenya: 2.7 million people need humanitarian aid. Women and girls are walking up to nine kilometres in search of water, say ActionAid reports.
Where your money goes
90% of your donation will go to support emergency work in East Africa. 10% of your donation will be retained for ActionAid’s Emergency Action Fund, which will only be used for ensuring we are prepared and able to respond quickly and more effectively to future emergencies and crises. If the total amount raised for this appeal exceeds the funds needed for the response, ActionAid will transfer the remaining balance to the Emergency Action Fund.