More than 19 million people are on the brink of starvation with children dying from malnutrition and preventable diseases.

People are in critical need of food, clean water and medical treatment and women and children are the worst affected.

Islamic Relief is 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 by drought.

Across East Africa families are in crisis

  • In Ethiopia, 3.6 million children, pregnant women and nursing mothers are malnourished and need critical food aid
  • In Somalia alone, 2.1 million people are displaced and vulnerable to cholera due to drought and conflict
  • 6 million people across South Sudan are severely food insecure – accounting for around half the country’s population

Please give now and help save lives

Dotted around Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia, are overcrowded camps where countless families in crisis are arriving in search of food and water. It was at one of these camps, where teams from Islamic Relief regularly distribute food packs, that Tufail Hussain (Deputy Director, Islamic Relief UK) first met Fatouma.

Fatouma, from a village in the Burhakaba region, around 250km from Mogadishu, told her harrowing story of survival through the catastrophic drought.

“The drought has been with us for years, but in the last 12 months things became unbearable. My people are farmers, and our lives depend on our livestock and the land. The lack of rain meant nothing grew, which meant there was no food for the cattle to eat – which ultimately resulted in our remaining cattle dying very quickly. We had no choice, but to leave home in search of food and water.”

Read Fatouma’s full story here.

Unless we act now the number of deaths will drastically increase

People are dying and are in urgent need of assistance. Please donate generously to help us scale-up our support for communities in crisis.

Please donate now and help save lives

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