Famine and hunger crisis

Muna came with her family to live in Balambal IDP camp, Somalia, after they lost almost all their livestock. This small pot of rice she cooks will be the only meal for the day for the whole family of six to share. Photo: Allan Gichigi/Oxfam
Muna came with her family to live in Balambal IDP camp, Somalia, after they lost almost all their livestock. This small pot of rice she cooks will be the only meal for the day for the whole family of six to share. Photo: Allan Gichigi/Oxfam

Millions of people are facing starvation across East Africa, South Sudan and Yemen. Oxfam is on the ground providing food, clean water and sanitation. Make a donation now and help us respond to those in desperate need.

Millions on the brink of starvation

East Africa, South Sudan and Yemen are in the grip of an unprecedented and devastating food crisis.

The Horn of Africa region is suffering from a severe drought which has caused crops to fail and cattle to die. On top of this crisis, the region has now been hit by the worst flooding in 30 years. 13 million of people are facing acute food and water shortages in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, and are in urgent need of emergency assistance.

South Sudan is in the midst of a catastrophic humanitarian crisis driven by over four years of  brutal civil war. Harvests in late 2017 were poor or non-existent for many. Trade and local markets have been disrupted and food stock has depleted. Over 7.1 million people – half the country’s population - are facing extreme and deadly hunger.

In Yemen, years of devastating airstrikes, shelling and fighting on the ground have driven millions of people from their homes and left millions more in need of emergency food, struggling to survive. An estimated 17 million people - 60 percent of the population - are suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition, including 8 million on the brink of famine.

This is the largest hunger emergency in the world. If these crises are left unresolved, malnutrition and deaths will increase exponentially in a catastrophic deterioration.

Ayan Said (left) getting water from a water well in a settlement for people internally displaced in the town of Garadag. Somaliland, Northern Somalia. Photo: Petterik Wiggers/Oxfam

Oxfam's humanitarian response

Oxfam is on the ground in all areas, reaching the most affected with the emergency help they need to survive. We are:

  • Working with local partner organizations who provide emergency food distributions and work with vulnerable people to produce their own food and other income.
  • Providing emergency water and sanitation, to stop the spread of diseases like cholera and diarrhea
  • Providing cash and vouchers so people can purchase the food they need to survive
  • Trucking in urgently needed water to the worst drought-affected areas
  • Constructing showers and toilets for those who have been forced to flee their homes

Your support today will save lives

This is a crisis we cannot ignore. Worsening hunger and the spread of famine are imminent, but not yet inevitable.

We can stop the worst from happening and prevent a catastrophic loss of life if we act now.

Help save lives by supporting Oxfam’s work and providing emergency aid to those who need it most.