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More than 25 million people in the region will not have enough to eat by mid-2022

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Food distribution in Ethiopia. Photo: CRS

Drought and conflict have left record numbers of people in the Horn of Africa in urgent need of humanitarian aid.

We must act now.

With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and surging food prices due to the war in Ukraine, the crisis is rapidly escalating. 

  • Over 14 million people across Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are already on the verge of starvation. If rainfall is still below average, this number will rise to 20 million by the middle of 2022.
  • Between February and April this year, the number of children facing acute hunger, malnutrition and thirst increased to at least 10 million.
  • The number of households without reliable access to clean and safe water is now at 10.5 million.
  • Food prices were already on the rise and are now skyrocketing as the region relies heavily on imported grains and fertilisers from Ukraine and Russia - putting basics like bread out of reach for many families. 
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Staff member cooks injera – a local bread – at a missionary-run health facility. Photo: David Snyder/Catholic Relief Services

Donate today

I would like to give

can provide four children with emergency food rations

Other amount

Can provide urgent support to families in need

Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible

The funds raised through this appeal will be used to provide immediate and longer-term humanitarian assistance to communities affected by the food crisis in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Eritrea, through Caritas Australia’s local partners.

Where this is not possible, the funds will be used to provide immediate and longer-term humanitarian assistance to communities affected by crises in Africa. If any excess funds remain after a crisis, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond our control that limit our ability to use the funds, they are kept in the Africa Regional Appeal so that we can respond to ongoing needs and future crises across all our regions.