East Africa Crisis Appeal

East Africa is experiencing a humanitarian catastrophe as conflict and drought bring famine across South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

More than 22 million people are on the brink of starvation and children are dying from malnutrition and preventable diseases.

Climate change is devastating local communities across East Africa. From drought to flooding, the continuing effect of El Niño is taking a heavy toll on families in the region.

Poor rainfalls has dried out local land. More than 19 million people across East Africa are on the brink of starvation with children dying from malnutrition and preventable diseases.

But when the rain comes, then it’s too late.

Local children drink from a water pump and fill up drums

Since March, the East Africa region has been hit by heavy rain and flash floods that displaced more than 500,000 people across Kenya and Somalia alone.

Crops and homes have been destroyed, livestock have been washed away and water sources have become contaminated with animal and human waste.

For families across the region, this means more displacement and greater risk of food insecurity and the risk of cholera and other water-borne diseases. People are in critical need of food, clean water and medical care with women and children the worst affected.

We’re on the ground, delivering life-saving assistance including food, medical treatment for malnutrition and safe drinking water to millions of vulnerable people.

However, we need your ongoing support to continue providing critical aid to families and communities left devastated and displaced by drought, flooding and ongoing instability.


  • 3 million people are in need of urgent assistance in Somalia.
  • The main needs have been identified as food, water, food and water for livestock, nutrition for children and health intervention in relation to cholera and water-borne diseases.
  • 2 million people in Somalia are classed in the most critical category- if there is no rain in March, famine will be declared in the country in April.
  • 6 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia
  • The main needs have been identified as: water, food and livestock feeds.
  • The situation in Ethiopia is critical and is deteriorating rapidly.
  • 3 million people are in urgent need of assistance in Kenya
  • 23 out of 47 counties in Kenya have been affected by the drought.
  • The situation is rapidly deteriorating.
  • Islamic Relief Kenya is operational in the affected areas of Wajir,Mandera and Garisa counties.
  • The main needs in Kenya have been identified as food, water and nutrition.
  • Conflict has been occurring since 2013- there was a spike in violence in July 2016 which resulted in significant displacement of affected communities.
  • 5 million people in South Sudan are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance- this is 50% of the total population of the country.
  • The South Sudanese government has declared famine in 1 out of the country’s 10 states: Unity.
  • There has been a surge of refugees into Sudan over the last few months. Over 700,000 refugees arrived in Sudan from mid-2016.
  • In the last 2 months, over 32,000 people have fled South Sudan into Sudan.
  • Roughly 2.2 million IDPs from Darfur continue to be dependent on humanitarian assistance.
  • The main needs in Sudan have been identified as: food, nutrition, health and water and sanitation.


can provide a vulnerable family with water

can provide a vulnerable family with food

can treat malnourished children as well as pregnant and lactating mothers