British Red Cross Launches Urgent Appeal For East Africa Crisis
The British Red Cross has launched its East Africa Crisis Appeal, in response to the 20 million people across the region who are facing extreme hunger and urgently need help. The UN has already declared famine in South Sudan, while millions more face the threat of famine across the region.
Complex factors including conflict and continuous drought have combined to create conditions where millions of people are not getting enough to eat.
Areas of South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are all affected.
In South Sudan 5.5 million people are expected to be severely food insecure by July 2017
In Kenya an estimated 2.7 million people are acutely food insecure, with 6 million people in urgent need of safe clean water
In Ethiopia 5.6 million people are facing crisis and emergency food insecurity levels and are in need of urgent assistance
In Somalia 6.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 363,000 children under 5 acutely malnourished
Mike Adamson, chief executive at the British Red Cross said:
"The region is in a shocking situation with millions of people facing desperate hunger. The crisis is expected to worsen significantly over the coming weeks and months. We urgently need more funds to reach people."
"On the ground we're seeing mothers who cannot feed their babies, children who are too hungry to go to school, and elderly people walking for hours a day to find water. Because of severe food and water shortages crops are failing and livestock are dying in huge numbers, and coupled with increasing food prices, people simply aren't able to get enough to eat.
"The Red Cross has been responding to drought across the region for months, but with the situation worsening and human suffering increasing, further funds are urgently needed."
To support the British Red Cross East Africa Crisis Appeal visit www.redcross.org.uk/eastafrica or call 0300 023 0817
Money raised from the appeal will go to support the work of the Red Cross in the region, providing emergency food and water, helping people recover their livelihoods, and protecting families against future crises.
British Red Cross Disaster Relief Alliance partners including Tesco, Aviva, and John Lewis Partnership have contributed to the appeal through the disaster fund.
British Red Cross Launches Urgent Appeal For East Africa Crisis, 14th March 2017, 17:00 PM