East Africa Faces Catastrophic Famine

Millions of people are experiencing unprecedented hunger and famine in Africa. The hunger crisis is exacerbated by drought, conflict and political instability and is forcing people to migrate into areas affected by conflict and putting children at huge risk of violence, exploitation and abuse. In East Africa alone — South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia — 22 million people need food assistance. More than 3.5 million children in the region are suffering from severe malnutrition, and are at risk of starvation and death.

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With your help, we can provide urgent humanitarian aid to those severely affected:

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Avail protection and psychosocial support services to vulnerable children and gender-based violence survivors that will help them to cope, heal, and find hope for the future.

World Vision is currently in the field and responding to the crisis but much urgent support is needed to scale up humanitarian assistance in the region.

Donate to the appeal and help us provide the following to vulnerable children and families:

  • Distribution of essential food supplies through food assistance and nutritional supplements among others.
  • Provide clean and safe water for drinking and other household uses through water trucks, rehabilitation of water points, and more.
  • Improve access to primary healthcare services through mobile clinics, immunization and essential treatments to stem the spread of common communicable diseases.
  • Increase access to safe and appropriate shelter in settlements for the internally displaced.
  • Strengthen household and community livelihoods and resilience by rehabilitating/constructing livestock water sources and seed intervention.

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Amandru’s Story: Just a bag of beans

One-and-a-half-year-old Sumaya tries to feed on her mother’s milk. Her mother Amandru gently pulls little Sumaya’s mouth away from her breast again. Her breasts are empty. It has been more than seven days since she was able to last breastfeed Sumaya.

Amandru is tired – physically, mentally, emotionally. A blank expression on her face, she stares through the crowd of children, women and men holding pans in their hands, waiting to receive their meal.

With not much strength left to wait in the long queue, Amandru and her three children rest on the side of the tent where the meals are being served.

This is the first proper meal Amandru and her children will eat in weeks.

Amandru and her children fled more than 220 kilometres from her village in South Sudan before they reached a refugee reception centre – after about four weeks of walking.

She, little Sumaya and her other two children Ariye, 4, and Madasi, 6, had survived on a bag of beans for many months. During their journey, the family had to share a handful of beans just once in two days.

Tens of thousands of families like Amandru’s are fleeing their homes to escape a crisis created by fighting, violence and food insecurity. As for Amandru and her children, the simple hot meal at the reception center has put a smile back on their faces.

“My only hope is that the world will stand by us so that my children can survive,” said Amandru.

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