This Christmas Famine is looming. Children in Somalia are in desperate need.

Children keep suffering in Somalia. Severe malnutrition has reached crisis levels across the region.

1.5 million children are already malnourished and 386,000 children are suffering from the most dangerous form of malnutrition – Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). They are on the verge of death if they do not get urgent help.

Relentless droughts and soaring food prices continue to devastate families. Ongoing conflict and alarming outbreaks of cholera and measles are only making the situation worse. Children are dying and they need lifesaving food now.

Our team, and UNICEF Ambassador Donncha O’Callaghan, recently witnessed first-hand the catastrophic situation, when on a field trip to Somalia in October.

Please donate now to send life-saving food, clean water and medicine to children living through disaster in Somalia and the Horn of Africa region.

Save a child like Zakaria

2-year-old Zakaria has spent 12 days at UNICEF-supported Stabilization Center. He is being treated for severe acute malnutrition and is being fed high-calorie therapeutic food to aid his recovery.

His mother, Nimo (30) says he had had diarrhea and had been vomiting for two days before she brought him to the hospital.

She left her two other children in the care of their grandmother in her village 70km away. She says food is scarce and the family has lost 40 of their 70 goats due to the drought.

“I have never seen a drought as severe as this. I am worried about the children I left behind,” she says.

How Your Donation Helps

  • €50 provides enough safe, clean water to keep 3 children healthy and safe.
  • €75 provides a month’s supply of peanut paste to help treat 5 malnourished children.
  • €150 supplies enough peanut paste and clean water to save and protect 8 children.

Watch our Facebook Live Event from Somalia with Donncha O’Callaghan and UNICEF Ireland Director Peter Power to learn how your donations save lives. 

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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