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 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 and Yemen are in the grip of an unprecedented and devastating food crisis.

Despite the recent rains, more than 22 million people are affected by the drought East Africa, and at least 15 million are going hungry, surviving only on what they can find to eat.  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. 

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

Malnutrition is having a disastrous impact and as ever, children are among the worst affected. In Somalia, over 800,000 people are on the brink of starvation and nearly 400,000 children are acutely malnourished. Thanks to aid efforts, famine has been pushed back in South Sudan but the food crisis continues to spread across the country.

In Yemen, 8 million people are in extreme hunger. Months 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.

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. United Nations warned as many as 1.4 million children could die of starvation in the coming months.
 

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.