East Africa Hunger Crisis East Africa Hunger Crisis

Millions at risk of starvation

Millions at risk of starvation

A series of severe droughts have left more than 25 million people across East Africa at risk of hunger and in urgent need of help.

Famine was declared in parts of South Sudan – the most severe hunger situation and the first of its kind since 2011. Families are barely surviving by eating leaves and roots and children are suffering from excruciating hunger.

Somalia is also on the brink of famine with tens of thousands of children at risk of starvation across most of the country, including Somaliland, a self-proclaimed independent state in the north. When famine hit Somalia in 2011, nearly 260,000 people perished – half of them were children under five. We cannot let this happen again.

Kenya and Ethiopia are also affected by this region-wide hunger crisis.

Families desperately need your help to feed their children before it’s too late. Please donate to our East Africa Hunger Appeal now. 

“I worry all day about how I’m going to feed my children. If my husband gets work that day, we eat. If he doesn’t, we don’t eat. We didn’t eat anything yesterday…

“My children cry for food, but I have nothing to give them. Sometimes I don’t eat because I only have enough food to feed my children.”

– Mother Deeqo has brought her youngest nine-month-old to a CARE Nutrition Centre in Somalia.

Women and girls are particularly at risk. When families resort to skipping meals and eating once a day, women and girls eat least and last. Women and girls are also responsible for collecting water, but as drought conditions worsen they have to walk up to 50 kilometres per day in search for water.

We need your help. Right now, CARE’s teams are on the ground providing lifesaving support in some of the worst affected areas:

  • We are providing critical medicines and healthcare to children suffering from malnutrition, diarrhoea and cholera
  • We are providing food aid and cash vouchers to parents so they can feed their children
  • We are distributing seeds so families can replant devastated crops
  • We are making sure families have clean drinking water

We are already providing emergency help to 540,000 people in South Sudan, 160,000 people in Kenya, 1.6 million people in Somalia and over 1.5 million people in Ethiopia.

But we must do more to prevent famine from spreading.

Famine is declared when certain measures of mortality, malnutrition and hunger are met. These are:

  • at least 20% of households in an area face extreme food shortages with a limited ability to cope;
  • acute malnutrition rates exceed 30%;
  • and the death rate exceeds two persons per day per 10,000 persons.

Please donate to help  hungry families in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia before it’s too late. 

Donate by phone or mail

Call 1800 020 046 toll free and pay by credit card. Download this form, print it out and mail it, including a cheque or credit card information CARE Australia Reply Paid 61843 Canberra ACT 2601 Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Should the funds raised through an emergency appeal exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond CARE’s control which limit its ability to utilise all funds in the affected areas, CARE will direct excess funds to other emergency relief activities in the future.