Responding to the hunger crisis in East Africa

Tuesday, June 13, 2023
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Crisis in East Africa

There is an entire generation of people growing up and all they know is prolonged drought, failed harvests and hunger... We must do all we can to change that as fast as possible.

Andy Harrington, Canadian Foodgrains Bank executive director

Millions of people are in need of emergency food assistance as violent conflict and extreme climate worsen the hunger crisis in East Africa.

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Photo of two men walking through a refugee camp in DRC

The situation throughout the region is being exacerbated by a combination of conflict, hunger and climate change:

  • Clashes between rival military factions in Sudan that began on April 15, 2023 have left more than 1,800 people dead and forced 1.4 million people to flee their homes.
  • Refugees from the Sudan conflict have flooded into Chad, Central African Republic, and South Sudan, putting a strain on already overburdened humanitarian relief efforts in those countries.
  • Persistent drought in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya has left more than 23 million people facing severe shortages of food and water.
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to the highest number of food-insecure people worldwide at 26.4 million people – a quarter of the country’s population.

Millions of people are at risk of losing everything. Even their lives.

Two people carrying a bag of maize together

Our members and their locally-based partners are responding – they are there, ready to serve the most vulnerable people in need of emergency food assistance.

Donate today to help the people of East Africa.

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