Help save children’s lives.

Malnutrition has reached crisis levels in Somalia. Right now 1.5 million children – nearly half of the under-five population – are already suffering from malnutrition. Of these, 386,000 children are suffering from the most dangerous form of malnutrition – Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).

The country is on the brink of famine as relentless droughts and soaring food prices continue to devastate families. Without access to life-saving food and safe drinking water, millions of children in Somalia are at risk of dying.

Please donate to our emergency appeal now.  

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Save a Child Like Zakaria

2-year-old Zakaria has spent 12 days at UNICEF-supported Stabilization Center in Somaliland. 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.

2-year-old Zakaria has spent 12 days at the Stabilization Center in Somaliland being treated for Severe Acute Malnutrition.

How Will My Donation Help Children? 

Sachets of fortified peanut paste are all it takes to bring a starving child back from the brink.  

UNICEF is on the ground right now providing life-saving food to desperately hungry children, as well as access to clean water and health services.  

As the situation gets worse, more and more children need our help. We simply don’t have enough funds to reach every child in urgent need. But with your help, we can continue to provide life-saving supplies to the children who need it the most.  

Please make a donation today.  

Other Ways to Donate

You can help us reach more children affected by the conflict and natural disasters. Please donate today and help us protect children in emergencies.

You can make a donation by phone, you can reach us on 01 878 3000, our office hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00.

You can send your donation by post to


UNICEF Ireland,

33 Lower Ormond Quay,

Dublin D01 R283.

In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your donation will be directed to where the need is greatest.

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