In East Africa, DEC aid agencies are working around the clock to respond to the deepening crisis caused by ongoing conflict and drought. While lives are being saved, the number of those in need of humanitarian assistance is increasing due the severity of the crisis – from 22 million people across South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia three months ago when the DEC appeal launched to 23 million today.
Before the current crisis, Yemen was already among the world’s poorest performers on most human development indicators. Conditions deteriorated further in the course of the ongoing civil war and foreign military interventions. By the end of 2016, nearly 70% of the population was in need of humanitarian support. The needs remain urgent and far outstrip the humanitarian community’s ability to meet them.
Tragically, the crisis in Yemen continues to be one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time; 19 million people – two thirds of the population – need humanitarian support and 7 million people do not know where their next meal will come from. DEC member charities are continuing to work across all areas of Yemen, with funds raised from the DEC Yemen Crisis Appeal and other sources, and lives are being saved.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) today announced that its appeal for the East Africa Food Crisis has now raised a total of £50 million, to help the 16 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia who are on the brink of starvation and in urgent need of help.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for East Africa has raised more than £40m to date. Since the appeal was opened two weeks ago by British figures - including Bill Nighy, Sir Mo Farrah, Eddie Redmayne and Brenda Blethyn - a steady stream of donations has been flowing in from the public at a rate of over £2,000 per minute.