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Without immediate aid, thousands of East Africans will starve within a month

Without immediate aid, thousands of East Africans will starve within a month

A new drought has left millions in Ethiopia in urgent need for food, water and medical care. Funding problems have delayed and minimized aid. The crisis has gotten so bad that Ethiopia's government is asking for $948 million in international aid.  

Mohamed Omar, 1, a malnourished child from southern Somalia lies in Banadir hospital, Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Thousands of people have arrived in Mogadishu over the past two weeks seeking assistance and the number is increasing by the day, due to lack of water and food. The drought in the Horn of Africa has sparked a severe food crisis and high malnutrition rates, with parts of Kenya and Somalia experiencing pre-famine conditions, the United Nations has said. More than 10 million people are now affected in drought-stricken areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda and the situation is deteriorating. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Save the Children, a nonprofit providing aid in East Africa, says this crisis is impacting children the most, and thousands will die within months if they don't get help now. They are asking for donations and child sponsorships.

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People wait for food and water in the Warder district in the Somali region of Ethiopia, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Ethiopia is struggling to counter a new drought in its east that authorities say has left 5.6 million people in urgent need of assistance. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

The drought continues to exacerbate sexual abuse and the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Ethiopians queue to receive aid distributed under a European Union (EU) funded project, in the Shinile Zone of Ethiopia Friday, April 8, 2016, near the border with Somalia. According to the European Commission, the EU has announced 122.5 million euros in aid to address the immediate needs of people affected by a worsening humanitarian and drought situation in Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

The UN estimates that by April, without immediate aid, 3 million children and pregnant women will be acutely malnourished.  To help now, click here for a list of charities that are taking donations.

British Olympic champion Mo Farah, born in East Africa,  released this appeal for aid.


Queen Elizabeth's spokesman confirmed this week that she is making a personal donation to relieve starvation in East Africa.

The window of opportunity to avert a hunger crisis is rapidly closing.
Margaret Schuler, VP of World Vision East Africa

World Vision, a Chrisitan relief organization, is now working to address the most-acute needs focusing first on the children at risk.  They're amongst the aid groups responding on the ground in all four countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan. They report the crisis is impacting 22 million in East Africa. Click here to help their efforts.

The crisis has also recently compounded with refugees arriving from neighboring Somalia. Disease outbreaks affecting livestock is adding complications.

The U.S. Government recently committed an additional $131 million including nearly $88 million from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace for in-kind food assistance and more than $43 million from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.

Without immediate aid, thousands of East Africans will starve within a month

But sadly, it's not enough. Again, here's a list of active organizations on the ground in East Africa approved by Charity Navigator. This is video recently released by the associated press showing the lines of hungry families waiting for help.


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