(Text by Tearfund)
Food shortages have now become critical in East Africa – 16 million people are in urgent need of food and safe water.
Famine has already been declared in parts of South Sudan, and Somalia is likely to experience famine this year. Parts of Kenya and Ethiopia are rapidly heading towards crisis stage.
Extreme drought conditions, often worsened by conflict, have left millions on the brink of starvation and it will only get worse if we don’t act quickly.
Tearfund are providing malnutrition treatment for approximately 50,000 mothers and children in South Sudan, as well as food support and clean water to thousands of others in South Sudan and Somaliland. Our teams in Ethiopia and Kenya have been helping communities cope better with the challenges of drought and have plans to respond to this crisis as soon as funding is available.
Tearfund has launched an immediate response to do more and we’re part of the national DEC appeal, an initiative that brings together 13 leading UK charities in times of crisis.
Please give and pray now for people suffering in East Africa.