Over 20 million people, including 10 million children in the Horn of Africa have needed water and food assistance through 2022. Nearly two million children in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are threatened by severe malnutrition. The COVID-19 pandemic as well as the Ukraine war have further exacerbated the risk of famine.
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The situation in the Horn of Africa continues to deteriorate
The Horn of Africa, which includes Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, is currently experiencing the most devastating drought in decades. The failure of the last rainy periods has created one of the worst climate-related emergencies of the past 40 years and as a result millions of people are suffering from hunger.
As crops are withering, livestock is dying off and drinking water sources are running dry, families are forced to leave everything behind in search of food and clean water. As severe malnutrition and the risk of water-borne disease collide, children could die in devastating numbers unless urgent support is provided.
The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has not only overshadowed the crisis in the Horn of Africa, but has increased food prices and reduced grain imports, too. Spiraling global food and fuel prices, mean that many people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia can no longer afford the basic food commodities they need to survive, putting their children’s survival at risk.
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UNICEF is on the ground to provide life-saving help
Every day, UNICEF is helping children in more than 190 different countries and providing them with the support they so desperately need. In the case of the drought in the Horn of Africa, UNICEF’s work includes the following fields:
Wells for clean and safe drinking water are being drilled in the affected regions. In cooperation with partners and using trucks, UNICEF provides drinking water to the most severely hit areas.
UNICEF provides health and nutrition centres with the necessary medical equipment, to monitor and treat malnutrition as early as possible.
Mobile teams are operating in the harder-to-reach regions to provide affected children with the help they so urgently need.
We provide children with ready-to-use therapeutic food such as a special peanut paste, high in calories and nutrients.
Children like Obsinale depend on your help
This is Obsinale, one of countless children being treated at the hospital for malnutrition. The one-year-old girl is already doing better compared to when she started treatment. Her twin sister, with whom she was hospitalised here, was recently able to leave the ward.
UNICEF provides help on the ground, by supplying health and nutrition centres with therapeutic food as well as medical equipment. Your donation helps us to support millions of children like Obsinale with the essential help they so urgently need.