Emergency food crisis: hunger in East Africa
East Africa is in the grip of a devastating food crisis. More than 39 million people are affected by the drought in the Horn of Africa, including the DRC (15.6 million), Ethiopia (8.1 million), Sudan (6.3 million) and South Sudan (4.5 million).
The drought has caused crops to fail and cattle to die while the lack of clean water increases the threat of cholera and other diseases. Women and children bear the brunt of the drought, with large increases in acute malnutrition across the region.
Brutal wars in South Sudan and the DRC have forced at least 19.4 million people to flee their homes and left more than 7.1 million and 12.8 million people, respectively, in dire need of humanitarian assistance and protection.
Oxfam is already on the ground delivering lifesaving food and water to families in need. But we need your help to do more.
You can save lives today. Please donate urgently to help people facing starvation across South Sudan, Sudan, the DRC, Somalia, Somaliland and Ethiopia.
Note: Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, Oxfam Australia will direct donations to our International Crisis Fund to enable us to rapidly address emergencies as they occur.