East Africa Famine Emergency

East Africa Famine Emergency

Millions are at risk in Somalia and South Sudan

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Somalia and South Sudan in Crisis

Part of our Africa on the Edge: Food Crisis Campaign

The UN has officially declared famine in parts of South Sudan and Somalia. In both countries, devastating conflicts coupled with severe drought have destroyed crops, killed livestock and displaced thousands of families.

In South Sudan, more than 3.4 million people have been left displaced as food production has been destroyed and the economy has collapsed. More than 7.5 million people are in need or urgent aid. Somalia has also suffered from the worst drought since 1950. Over a million people are living in makeshift camps and 12 million people are at risk. Without drastic action, millions could die.

Muslim Hands has been working with communities in East Africa, delivering education, livelihoods support and healthcare for many years. During our Africa on the Edge campaign we've distributed emergency food and water supplies to communities suffering from food crises in Somalia, Malawi and Kenya.

As part of our Africa on the Edge: Food Crisis Campaign, we now need your donations to continue providing relief to families fighting famine in both Somalia and South Sudan.

What's Going On?


Somalia is currently in the midst of its worst drought since 1950, which has destroyed crops and displaced more than 135,000 people since November 2016.

It's still plagued by hunger and malnutrition, violent conflicts and extreme poverty, even five years on from a devastating drought which killed 260,000 people. 

Today, over 12 million people are at risk with 363,000 children already suffering from malnutrition. 

There are 1.5 million people living in makeshift camps after fleeing conflict and previous disasters. These people are particularly vulnerable to thirst, starvation and the spread of disease.

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South Sudan

The UN has warned that 100,000 people in South Sudan are already starving and a further 1 million are on the brink of starvation.

Three years of civil war has devastated the country, destroying food production and displacing thousands of people. As the economy collapses, the price of basic food items has risen by a massive 800% and desperate families have resorted to foraging whatever plants they can find for food. 

An astonishing one third of the country is already suffering from severe malnutrition and unless there is a rapid increase in humanitarian aid over a quarter of a million children are at risk of starving to death.

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Established in 1993, Muslim Hands is an international aid agency and NGO working in over 50 countries worldwide to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty.

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