East Africa Hunger Crisis East Africa Hunger Crisis

Millions at risk of starvation

Millions at risk of starvation

Famine has been 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.

A series of severe droughts have left up to 16 million people in East Africa at risk of hunger and in urgent need of help. Kenya and Ethiopia are affected and Somalia is also on the brink of famine with tens of thousands of children at risk of starvation and death.

When famine hit Somalia in 2011, nearly 260,000 people perished – half of them were children under five. We cannot let this happen again.

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

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 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 have already provided emergency help to 324,000 people in South Sudan
  • Our teams have already reached almost 260,000 people in Somalia
  • We have already supported over one million drought-affected people in Ethiopia

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.