East Africa is in a state of crisis, with 16 million people on the verge of death. Another 23 million people are in urgent need of food, clean water and medical care. The combined effects of extreme drought and ongoing conflict have caused huge water shortages and plunged communities into devastating food insecurity.
The drought in East Africa has already caused many deaths, mainly of women and children. The UN has identified another 1.4 million children as at risk of losing their lives. Rivers and wells have dried up, crops have failed and farm animals have died, leaving people without food or water. Our partners Human Appeal have a team on the ground and are already responding to this deadly crisis.