Over 16 million people in East Africa are facing starvation as drought grips the region and conflict forces people from their homes and livelihoods. Children, young people and pregnant and nursing mothers are among the hardest hit, suffering from severe malnutrition and dehydration.

By giving now, essential aid can reach those who need it first.

"Please do what you can to contribute to the crucial relief effort." Photo: Mulugeta Ayene (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The situation

Over 16 million people in the Horn of Africa region – Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and neighbouring countries are facing starvation. Several years of drought have decimated crops, left livestock dead or too weak to stand and put even basic food items such as cereals beyond the reach of millions. Lakes and ponds are running dry.

More than half the population of Somalia (6.2 million people) is in need of food assistance. 1 million children in the region face acute malnourishment. Over 9 million people in Ethiopia are anticipated to be without safe drinking water.

Stephen O’Brien, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, is urging comprehensive action to save people from simply “starving to death.”

Y Care International CEO, Adam Leach said: “Millions of young people, their families and communities are facing immediate danger of losing their lives and livelihoods as a result of this crisis. It is vital that we act now to get emergency relief to those who are in desperate need. Please do what you can to contribute to the crucial relief effort.”

How we are helping

Y Care International is working to support the ACT Alliance to provide emergency assistance. Assistance will include cash to buy food, clean drinking water and support to restart broken livelihoods.

How to donate

Online: With a few clicks you can help get support to those in urgent need

Text: Text ‘YGIV 15’ with your donation amount to 70070

Phone: Call 020 7549 3150 to speak to fundraising team