Charities in the South help tackle famine in East Africa

Communities have joined aid agencies in trying to raise crucial funds to help millions of people facing hunger in East Africa.

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The situation in East Africa is desperate

Communities and aid agencies in the South are trying to get urgent aid to famine-hit areas of Africa including Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya, Nigeria and Ethiopia. In neighbouring Yemen too.

ITV's International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar has been reporting from the worst affected areas and has seen how desperate the situation is.

He gives Stacey an update.

Around 20million don't know where their next meal will come from

Charities and communities in the South want to change the outcome for those suffering in East Africa.

The humanitarian crisis is deepening in and around the Horn of Africa. South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen have declared a famine or are on the verge of one.

Aid agencies are trying to raise urgent funds, Oxfam - and it's Bicester warehouse - are working with this country's Disasters Emergency Committee.

Sam Holder reports.


What is the East Africa Crisis appeal; how can you help?

Hunger on a massive scale is looming across East Africa. The Disasters Emergency Committee says 'if we don’t act now, it will get much worse'.

Drought and conflict have left 16 million people on the brink of starvation and in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment. People are already dying in South Sudan and Somalia.

In Kenya, the government has declared a national emergency and Ethiopia is battling a new wave of drought following the strongest El Nino on record.

Women, children and older people are suffering the most; more than 800,000 children under five are severely malnourished. Without immediate treatment, they are at risk of starving to death.

DEC member charities are already delivering life-saving assistance in all affected countries. But, they need more money to help reduce the scale and severity of the crisis.

You can donate through the DEC websiteand the UK Government will match pound for pound the first £5 million donated by the public.

Ravaged by thirst and hunger; East Africans need help

Described as the worst humanitarian crisis since WW11, charities in the South are desperate to help people in East Africa tackle famine.

Around 20 million people do not known when their next meal will be. Most are in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment.

We speak to:

Nasra Dirir, Amal Kulane and Hibo-Misky Mohamoud, students at SOAS, University of London; Roy Irons, St Peters Methodist Church, Canterbury; Laura Cook, 'All We Can' charity; Tim Loughton, Conservative MP for Worthing East and Shoreham. Also to Dr Idil Osman, Research Associate at the Dept of Development Studies, SOAS.

To find out more or donate to the cause, head to

Working towards preventing famine in the future

The UK's Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) says at least 16 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan need food, water and medical treatment.

It blames drought and conflict for the crisis - so what can be done?

Patrick Thomson, Lead Researcher for the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment's Water Programme at Oxford University has a plan to help.

The innovation is a UK aid funded water pump.


Communities in the South are fighting famine

Communities in the South have joined aid agencies in trying to raise urgent funds to help millions of people facing famine in East Africa.

Charities, such as Oxfam, are working with the UK's Disasters Emergency Committee to try and help those who need it.

Bashir Muhammed is a member of Southampton Somalia community, he has seen first-hand the effects of famine.

One of the worst hit countries is Somalia where it has not rained for three years and where millions are now at risk of starvation.

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