More than 16 million people in East Africa, in the countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan, are in urgent need of food, following a drought that has lasted for many months. In parts of South Sudan, where the situation has been seriously exacerbated by conflict, the UN has declared famine – the first time this has happened for six years. Millions of families are facing starvation, and immediate action is needed to stop the crisis from worsening.
In order to support teachers to explore this issue in class, we have written a feature on Global Dimension, our website for teachers: East Africa Crisis. This feature article includes background information, teaching resources and useful links.
The Disasters Emergency Committee, a coalition of 13 leading UK aid charities, has set up an East Africa Emergency Appeal for donations from the UK public.
The photo at the top of the page shows Bukayo Molu waiting inside a hand dugout well for the water level to slowly rise so that he can fetch the water. © David Mutua, CAFOD/Caritas Marsabit