You may have seen the news reports of famine in Africa and the Middle East recently.
Millions of people in four countries are facing relentless, crushing hunger.
Most have not had enough food for months or even years.
Parents are watching their children go hungry.
Here’s how you can help.
The world’s newest country, South Sudan has been torn apart by fighting.
Over 3.4 million people have fled their homes and the land they farmed. Many now live on only what they can forage.
Thousands are at risk of dying from hunger. Many more are facing severe food shortages.
Last year, our partners, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), distributed 950,000 food rations in South Sudan.
- £20 could provide super cereals – a blend of grains, vitamins and minerals specially formulated for people facing extreme hunger – for more than 160 people.
We also gave seeds and tools to nearly 234,000 people so they could start farming again.
And because families are camping around river banks, surviving on what they can catch, the Red Cross gave out fishing kits to more than 90,000 people.
The crisis in Nigeria is one of the world’s most complex and most serious.
Conflict in north-eastern Nigeria has forced around two million people from their homes. Many have fled to neighbouring countries.
Now, over five million people do not have enough food. This includes 2.5 million children under five and their mothers.
Around half a million malnourished children could die if they do not get food and medical care immediately.
In the past year, the Red Cross supplied food to over 1.2 million people in Nigeria.
- £8 could pay for enough beans to last a family of six for a month.
- £50 could help cover the cost of kitchen items for two families to cook their own food.
In Somalia, the problem is drought.
“I simply have no words for this drought,” said Sared Haji Jaama, a mother in Somalia.
The country has had less than half its normal rainfall for two years. Crops have withered and animals have died.
“The people are sick. The children have diarrhoea,” Sared said.
The Red Cross has distributed food and essential household goods to nearly 390,000 people over the past year.
In the coming days, another 100,000 will receive cash to buy food in local markets.
“But the situation is far from over and we are expanding our emergency response to other parts of the country,” said Jordi Raich, the head of ICRC’s Somalia operations.
Yemen lies just across the Red Sea from the Horn of Africa.
More people are hungry there – a staggering 14 million – than anywhere else in the world.
Over two million have fled their homes because of ongoing fighting. Two-thirds of them live with host families.
Our partners the ICRC and the Yemen Red Crescent gave rice, beans, lentils and other staples to more than 210,400 people across the country last year.
We also help people who still have some land to farm by distributing seeds and tools.