Comedian Eddie Izzard went to Kenya to see how the worst drought for 50 years has had a heart-breaking impact on East Africa’s children.
He met critically ill children who UNICEF is helping to survive by providing them with life-saving, emergency food and milk.
Eddie met Hussain, 2, who was severely malnourished. His organs had begun to shut down one by one to give his heart enough energy to continue beating. It was touch and go whether he would survive.
As Eddie says, your money can’t make it rain, but £20 could buy a month’s supply of life-saving emergency food for a child like Hussain. And £100 could feed 5 children like Hussain.
One text of £5 could help save a child’s life. This is your opportunity to help, please text now.
Children like Hussain shouldn’t have to suffer like this.
Tomorrow William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are making a special visit to UNICEF’s emergency centre in Copenhagen, to help raise awareness about the East Africa crisis and Somalia famine. Millions of children still need immediate life-saving assistance as the drought continues.
This is six-year-old Mariyah. She’s stopping for some much-needed refreshment after taking part in the Somali Cycle ride yesterday in east London.
More than 200 children cycled their hearts out in the hot sun to raise money for our East Africa Children’s Emergency appeal.
Well done everyone!!
What goes on behind the scenes at UNICEF during an emergency.
11 year-old Toby raised £14 for our East Africa Children’s Crisis appeal by busking on his clarinet at Womad Festival. Amazing work Toby! Thanks!
We’ve put together a map of southern Somalia that shows the shocking levels of food insecurity and severe malnutrition in the country right now.
//** AUG 03 IMPORTANT UPDATE ON SOMALIA FAMINE **//
Today, famine was declared in three new areas of Southern Somalia: in Middle Shabelle, Afgoye, and amongst the displaced community in Mogadishu.
This is a children’s famine. Tens of thousands of children have already died in the last few months.
In some areas, the rate of severe acute malnutrition is so high – at least one in five – that if children don’t get help soon, they will die within weeks.
We are the largest supplier of emergency food in Somalia. This week, 11 flights carrying life-saving nutrition supplies will arrive in Mogadishu.
With therapeutic feeding, a child can fully recuperate within four to six weeks. That means we can save lives if we act now.
(Above: On 24 July, a toddler clings to his mother as they queue for a food distribution in the Badbado camp in Mogadishu, the capital. © UNICEF/Kate Holt)