Explosion of Child Deaths Imminent 

Right now, across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, more than 1.7 million children are on the verge of death. They’re suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), the most severe form of malnutrition.

The region suffered from four failed rainy seasons in the past two years, which resulted in widespread crop failure and drought.  

With the native crop destroyed and spiraling fuel and food prices, people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia can no longer afford the basic foodstuffs they need to survive.

The war in Ukraine has also been detrimental to the lives of families in the region. Somalia alone imported 92 per cent of its wheat from Russia and Ukraine – but supply lines are now blocked. 

The situation is dire, with an explosion of child deaths imminent if urgent help isn’t provided soon. 

malnourished child crying
Salman (1) sits inside a ward at Dolow hospital, Somalia. He is severely malnourished and requires urgent hospital care.

Help Send Emergency Aid 

The Horn of Africa is facing unprecedented levels of hunger. Millions of children are battling hunger and illness. 

This year, three times as many children have already died from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) compared to the whole of the previous year in some of the worst affected areas in the Horn of Africa. Unfortunately the situation is likely to get worse, with more children needing help. 

You can help provide emergency food, water and medicine to children in need, but you must act now.

Please donate today to our Horn of Africa Appeal and send life-saving aid to children. 

Boy with Muac on arm
8-month-old Ibrahim’s arm circumference is measured by a doctor in Mogadishu, Somalia. Ibrahim was brought to the hospital by his grandmother, suffering from acute malnutrition.

How Your Donation Helps

  • With €75 you can supply enough peanut paste to treat 8 dangerously malnourished children, who will not get better without help.
  • With €100 you can supply 10 children with clean safe drinking water, protecting them from disease.
  • With €150 you can supply a health centre with enough medicine to treat 24 children.

Other Ways to Donate 

You can make a donation by phone, you can reach us on 01 878 3000, our office hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:30.

You can send your donation by post to


UNICEF Ireland,

33 Lower Ormond Quay,

Dublin D01 R283.

You can help us reach more children affected by the conflict. Please donate today and help us protect children in the Horn of Africa.

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