In the Books & Music Shop, we’re currently raising funds for the East Africa crisis appeal. If you would like to donate, please stop in and speak to one of our volunteers.
East Africa is in the grip of a devastating food crisis. Millions of families are facing starvation because of droughts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. Famine has been declared in parts of conflict-stricken South Sudan.
More than 16 million people across East Africa are facing terrifying food shortages. Drought has caused crops to fail and cattle to die in parts of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya – leaving millions facing starvation and desperately seeking a safe source of water. Brutal war in South Sudan has driven more than three million people from their homes and left millions more in need of emergency food.
For the first time since 2011, famine has been declared in the worst affected areas.
In Ethiopia this year, an estimated 300,000 children will become severely acutely malnourished and 9.2 million people are expected not have a regular supply of safe drinking water. 5.6 million people urgently need food.
In Kenya, the arid and semi-arid lands and coastal areas are worst affected. 2.7 million people are considered severely at risk.
Without immediate action, this crisis will get worse. We need to act now to save lives.