East Africa and Yemen food crisis response

We are responding to the devastating 2017 food crisis in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, Burundi and Ethiopia. Image ©Medair

Protracted civil conflicts, entrenched economic crises, droughts and unpredictable rainfall have led to widespread food insecurity and across East Africa and neighbouring countries* such as Yemen.

On 20 February 2017 famine was declared in South Sudan. Across the country, more than 3 million people have been forced to flee their homes and nearly 7.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection (OCHA, Humanitarian Response Plan 2017). This crisis has caused displacement, distress, destitution and death. The United Nations fears that the situation in Somalia and Yemen could be even worse unless the international community helps those in desperate need.

All We Can and the World Church Relationships Team of the Methodist Church in Britain launched an urgent appeal in February to respond to this catastrophic situation.

The collective action of individuals and churches has been inspiring, with more than £400,000 given in response to the East Africa Famine Appeal. With millions facing starvation across East Africa and the wider region, communities have risen to the challenge.

This response has enabled All We Can to respond in the following countries: South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Ethiopia and Burundi.

South Sudan

Learn more about our response to the devastating famine taking place in South Sudan

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Learn more about the work being done in Somalia by All We Can and the Methodist Church

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