Child Hunger Crisis and Famine Relief

Vulnerable children – their lives at risk – are in urgent need of food and water.

Conflict and the worst drought in 70 years has left 20 million people in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and northeast Nigeria in urgent need of food and water. Millions more in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Niger are also suffering and need help urgently.

The threat is unprecedented – right now, 20 million people are at risk of famine, and if no action is taken, an additional 10 million will face the same threat. Save the Children is on the ground providing emergency assistance – lifesaving food, water and medical care – to children and families who desperately need our help. But we can’t do it alone.

The time to act is now. We need your generous gift to combat hunger in Africa and Yemen and prevent more famine in Africa. Your 100% tax-deductible gift can help save those most vulnerable in this crisis: children.

If we don’t act now, the unthinkable will happen – many children will die.

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Disease, starvation and war are causing a perfect storm of disaster for Yemen’s people. The region’s poorest country is on the verge of total collapse, and children are dying because they’re not able to access basic health care.” – Grant Pritchard, Save the Children’s Yemen Country Director

How We Are Helping

Save the Children is on the ground now, providing lifesaving support to children and families in response to this devastating food crisis. Our priority is to reach children under age 5, who are less able to withstand malnutrition and are more susceptible to disease.

Our teams are screening children for malnutrition, running feeding programs and treating malnourished children in specialized health centers. We’re also providing clean water, addressing sanitation and hygiene to prevent diseases from spreading and providing support to families who’ve lost everything.

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Starving Children in South Sudan

South Sudan

The crisis in South Sudan is especially dire, as roughly half the population is without enough food. Some 1.7 million people are facing emergency levels of hunger, which is one step away from famine. Our teams are on the front lines of the relief effort, leading health and nutrition programs, providing treatment and supplies – and saving lives. Learn More

Starving Children in Somalia


Parts of Somalia are also on the brink of famine, with a significant increase in severe malnutrition cases among children. We’re trucking in water and delivering food, running nutrition programs, training doctors and nurses, and supporting vulnerable families. Learn More

Starving Children in Yemen


As the country risks slipping into famine, some 4.5 million children and mothers are in urgent need of nutrition services. Meanwhile, a deadly cholera outbreak is sweeping Yemen – we estimate 1 child contracts cholera every minute. We’re distributing food and running health clinics, as well as preventing and treating cholera. Learn More

Starving Children in Nigeria


Right now, 1.9 million people require urgent humanitarian assistance, as conflict and displacement has left countless families without food or basic necessities. We’re distributing food to vulnerable families, running feeding and treatment centers, in addition to providing psychosocial support. Learn More

Starving Children in Uganda


Uganda is now hosting more refugees than any nation in Africa, with over 1 million refugees, including children who’ve walked for days without food, water or rest. We’re at work in refugee sites, as well as in remote areas where health needs are highest and lives are on the line. Learn More

Hungry Children in Ethiopia


When the spring rains never came, Ethiopia saw a spike in the number of households without enough food, with millions of people now affected. To make matters worse, the country is also experiencing a worm infestation that consumes crops. We’re helping children and families survive and recover with emergency health, nutrition, protection and livelihoods programs. Learn More

Starving Children in Kenya


The spring rains failed, and the drought is extreme. Families who depend on livestock for their livelihoods are migrating in desperate search of food and water. Our teams are trucking in water, screening and treating children for malnutrition and training health workers to save lives. Learn More

Starving Children in Niger


Niger is suffering a multi-faceted crisis. Food insecurity, malnutrition, disease, flooding and displacement are the main causes. Many families are unable to provide for their children’s basic needs. We’re on the ground, working around the clock to alleviate suffering. Learn More

How You Can Help

Save the Children is the world's leading child-focused humanitarian organization. We have nearly 100 years' experience responding to children and their families during and after crisis. We are exceptional among aid agencies because we provide comprehensive emergency preparedness, relief and recovery programs that are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of children and their families.

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