Hunger Crisis

In Ethiopia, a region is facing a dire humanitarian crisis as ongoing conflict drives children and families from homes and deeper into despair.  4.5 million people need emergency food assistance, as many as 2.3 million of whom are children. 

“I felt so sad. Nothing to eat. A sick mother. I did not know what to do. I sneaked out with my sister without my parents’ knowledge and we begged for money under the hot sun. I was shy asking for money but we needed it,” shared nine-year-old Thandar.

Eliseu is an 11-year-old who stopped going to school because his family can no longer afford his school fees. He sits by the border and sells Quisangua (a drink made from sugar and maize) to people travelling across. More children like him stand around in the scorching heat, hoping to sell and afford the next meal.

Drought has ransacked their lands, leaving their families in uncertainty of a future. The severity of the drought is sweeping the chances of selling anything as people no longer have the money.

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