More than 22 million people are affected by the drought East Africa, and at least 13 million are experiencing severe food insecurity. The drought has caused crops to fail and cattle to die while the lack of clean water increases the threat of cholera and other diseases. Brutal war in South Sudan has driven more than three million people from their homes and left millions more in need of emergency food. There have been over 43,000 cases of acute watery diarrhoea in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya.
For the first time since 2011, famine has been declared in the worst affected areas.
In Ethiopia this year, an estimated 300,000 children will become severely acutely malnourished at least nine million people are expected not have a regular supply of safe drinking water. Over 7 million people are severely food insecure in the country.
In Kenya, over two million people are considered severely at risk. There have been some rains but the food security situation remains unchanged in the short-term.
In Somalia, more than six million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and parts of the country are on the brink of famine. Many people are relying on limited water sources which are unprotected and unsafe, exposing them to disease. The water shortage has led to reported increases in Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) and cholera.
In South Sudan, over five million people - 40% of the population - are facing extreme hunger, and over 60% of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance; a humanitarian crisis driven by three years of a brutal civil war.
Without immediate action, this crisis will get worse. We need to act now to save lives.