East Africa Food Crisis: one year on

A year since the food crisis in east Africa, with millions of lives saved across Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, Merlin needs your help to make sure the region doesn't slip back into crisis.

In June 2011, the worst drought in 60 years threatened more than ten million people across Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia with starvation.

Thanks to your support, Merlin was able to provide emergency aid to these countries, making a vast difference to some of the most severely affected areas.

The money you donated is providing communities with food, water and healthcare supplies, as well as helping them prepare for future disasters.

Across the region we’re screening children, and pregnant and breast feeding women for malnutrition, raising awareness of the importance of hygiene and sanitation, and providing primary healthcare to remote population.

Your support is still needed

However, despite the progress, Merlin still needs your help more than ever to make sure the region doesn't slip back into crisis.

"The situation in east Africa last year was appalling. Millions of people across the region faced death from starvation as a result of the worst drought seen in decades. Your generosity helped save countless lives. A year later, though, while the initial emergency may have passed, many of the factors that caused the crisis last year – failed rains and poor harvests – remain. Merlin and the people of east Africa urgently need your help to stop the situation spiralling out of control and get the region back on its feet.”

- Paula Sansom, Merlin's Head of Region for east Africa