Over 20 million people across Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia are in urgent need of food. In South Sudan alone, over 40% of the country’s population – 4.9 million people – urgently need support.
This is one of the biggest humanitarian disasters unfolding before our eyes in current times. Millions of children are facing starvation with many at risk of death. We must act now to save lives.
In South Sudan, the crisis has been exacerbated by conflict and economic collapse, disproportionately affecting children.
We are working in South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia, along with the Lake Chad Basin to provide urgent food supplies and lifesaving humanitarian support.
Boys and girls constitute the majority of displaced populations. We know from experience that girls are the ones who suffer most in these situations: in addition to the lack of food and water, the levels of child trafficking, sexual violence and early marriages tend to rise significantly during times of distress.