A deadly combination of drought, on-going conflict and escalating food prices has placed over 9 million people in need of life-saving aid in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. Close to 2 million of those at risk are children under the age of five.
The situation in the Horn of Africa is dire. Acute malnutrition rates in northern Kenya have soared above 25 per cent, intense conflict in southern Somalia has left nearly 180,000 children malnourished, and Ethiopia tackles high malnutrition, drought and ever growing numbers of refugees.
Thousands of families are crossing the border from Somalia to refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya – camps that are already completely overwhelmed due to years of conflict.
We urgently need your support to provide:
- Therapeutic food to give malnourished children a chance at survival
- Protection for children whom the crisis has made much more vulnerable to violence and abuse
- Safe, clean water to help prevent the outbreak of disease
Children are the most vulnerable in crisis situations such as this. It affects their physical and mental well-being, exposes them to much higher risks of violence and can leave them malnourished, without health care and protection from harm.
Please join us in helping the children and families of the Horn of Africa. Please donate now or call
1850 767999 to help UNICEF provide urgently needed aid and protection to children affected by this emergency.