Famine and hunger crisis

Maimuna, 31, fled the village of Muntina, Nigeria, when Boko Haram destroyed everything eleven months ago. She now lives in Maiduguri, with her children. Photo: Pablo Tosco / Oxfam
Maimuna, 31, fled the village of Muntina, Nigeria, when Boko Haram destroyed everything eleven months ago. She now lives in Maiduguri, with her children. Photo: Pablo Tosco / Oxfam

Millions of people are facing starvation across East Africa, Yemen and north-east Nigeria. Oxfam is on the ground providing food, clean water and sanitation. Make a donation now and help us respond to those in desperate need in one or more of these regions.

Millions on the brink of starvation

East Africa, Yemen and north-east Nigeria are in the grip of an unprecedent and devastating food crisis. Famine is already likely happening in parts of northern Nigeria, while Yemen and Somalia are on the brink. Thanks to aid efforts, it has been pushed back in South Sudan but the food crisis continues to spread across the country.

Across these regions, about 30 million people are experiencing alarming hunger, surviving only on what they can find to eat. According to UNICEF, 27 million people lack safe water, increasing the threat of cholera and spreading other water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea. Malnutrition is having a disastrous impact and as ever, children are among the worst affected.

Persistent drought has caused crops to fail and cattle to die in parts of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya – causing severe food and water shortages. Brutal conflicts in South Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria have driven millions of people from their homes and left millions more in need of emergency food.

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.