East Africa is in the grip of an intense drought and parts of famine have been declared in South Sudan. Not one, but two seasons of poor rainfall have wiped out crops and killed livestock. The conflicts in South Sudan and Somalia have made the situation worse, forcing families from their homes, and leaving mothers struggling to keep their babies alive. With your support, our partners are on the ground, distributing emergency food aid, water supplies and hygiene kits, to help keep children and families alive.
Famine was declared in parts of South Sudan in February, the first time famine has been declared anywhere in the world in six years. The crisis has been spreading rapidly to nearby Somalia and in some areas, one in three children are acutely malnourished.
Mothers and fathers have had to pack whatever they could manage to carry, take their children and leave their homes behind in search of food and water.
Thanks to you, our partners on the ground are able to truck clean drinking water to people trapped in remote, drought-stricken areas. Acutely malnourished babies and children are also being provided with Plumpynut, a calorie-rich peanut paste, to help keep them alive. Importantly, your support means we are able to reach families in the most dire need with essential food rations like fresh water, maize, beans, porridge, oil, sugar, and salt.