Feeding Hamdi: East Africa Survivor Story

A dollar a day for 100 days is enough to feed a hungry child like Hamdi every day until the worst of the drought is over.

A dollar a day for 100 days is enough to feed a hungry child like Hamdi every day until the worst of the drought is over. Photo Credit: Penny Crump

Dozens, sometimes hundreds, of children arrive each day at survivor camps for families seeking refuge from the food crisis in East Africa. As soon as the young boys and girls registered, they’re rushed into a Save the Children feeding center – many of them eating their first meal in days.

Hamdi was one of those children. Despite having been on the road for days with almost no food, she ate her entire serving slowly and delicately, like a little lady.

East Africa is experiencing the worst drought in more than 60 years and families have resorted to desperate measures to survive. Along with her mother and sisters, Hamdi braved several days walking across the scorching-hot desert to reach the Save the Children center.

Thankfully, unlike many children arriving at the center, Hamdi was spared from severe acute malnutrition (SAM). SAM is life-threatening and can leave children stunted for life. But with the situation worsening by the day Save the Children urgently needs help to dramatically ramp up our response to make sure little girls like Hamdi don’t go hungry.

Save the Children is working around the clock to help children and families in East Africa. Can you spare a dollar a day for 100 days to help a child like Hamdi make it through the drought?

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