Millions of people are facing extreme hunger

East Africa Hunger Crisis


Millions of people in East Africa are facing extreme hunger – many on the brink of famine. But famine is not inevitable – this tragedy can be averted if we act now.

Ongoing conflict, the worst drought in decades, and years of severe flooding in other areas have combined to cause the crisis we face today. The severe weather is being fuelled by climate change. And it is compounded further by the conflict in Ukraine which has disrupted the supply chains that the region relies on – with food prices rocketing.

We're working with our partners and communities across East Africa. But it’s a race against time and we need your help to do more. Please give today.

Families need a lifeline now. Here’s what your donation can do:​

  • A jerry can being filled with water

    £19 provides a hygiene kit

    with soap, a jerry can for carrying water and water purification tablets​

  • A stack of Somalian banknotes

    £31 provides cash to a family of four

    to buy enough food for 2 weeks​

  • A pair of hands hold seeds

    £60 helps support 20 women

    on climate-resistant farming methods, and seeds and tools to grow vegetables​

Khadija Farah/Oxfam

Your support could help us work with local partners to distribute emergency cash to families like Mareya’s. That cash can be a lifeline, helping people to buy food and other essentials they need to survive.

How we spend your money

For every £1 you donate to this emergency appeal, we will allocate 9p of your donation to cover general support and running costs. There is a small chance that we will raise more money than is needed for this appeal. If this happens, we'll spend any additional funds on other Oxfam projects – wherever the need is greatest.

Oxfam and its partners are currently helping people like Mareya with life-saving support in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and South Sudan. By providing clean water and cash assistance. But we need your help to reach more people.