Today • • 22 June

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A Neglected Crisis in Africa

The hunger crisis in Africa is a growing emergency that has been neglected for far too long. 

The Horn of Africa is facing an unprecedented food and health crisis, yet it’s not making our headlines. 

The region’s 2022 rainy season was the driest on record in the last 70 years, making it a tough year for these African countries. According to U.N. aid agencies, more than 80 million people in the Horn of Africa are facing staggering levels of hunger that are not seen in decades. 

In Africa alone, 146 million people are going hungry.

The warning bells are ringing – up to 20 million people, about half of them children, are already on the verge of starvation across Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. 

Circumstances such as soaring food prices, internal conflicts, international influences and climate change are plunging parts of Africa into a severe food crisis.

These are resilient communities, but their fortitude is fading after facing back to back emergencies. 

Scientists and aid groups have sounded the alarm that possibly, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia could be experiencing their worst drought in 40 years this October till December, with drier-than-average conditions predicted.

There is still no end in sight to this drought crisis, so we must get the resources needed to save lives and stop people plunging into catastrophic levels of hunger and starvation,

David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme

They Need Our Help

Millions of people in Africa are facing extreme hunger, and they need our aid urgently. 

There is hope, only if we do not stop supporting these communities and people in Africa. 

Our Global Emergency Response in Africa focuses on providing urgent relief to the African countries that are suffering. Learn more about how our Global Emergency Response project aids African countries in these trying times.

Your generosity will enable us to deliver life-saving food aid packs, medical care and essential support to families whose lives are destroyed by conflict and natural disasters.