Photo of Month: Deeqa, mother from East Africa

Deeqa and her children find shade from the midday sun under a tree near their home in a rural area outside Kiridh, Somaliland.

The news is finally making headlines. More than 20 million people are facing starvation across Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. In Somalia alone, more than 2.9 million people need emergency food assistance and an estimated 360,000 children are suffering from malnutrition.

Combined with the worst drought in 70 years and ongoing violence, the world is facing the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945. As famine strikes across this region of Africa, families like Deeqa’s are forced to face dire situations.  

“We don’t have access to clean water and as a mother, I don’t even have enough food to feed my children,” says Deeqa.

Due to the drought, Deeqa’s family has lost 100 head of cattle. Their few surviving livestock are too weak to be of value. As her livestock continue to die off, her children are at risk of malnutrition and weakened immune systems.

Time is of the essence. The situation on the ground is desperate. We must act now before it gets much worse. You can ensure that U.S. funding provides relief to families and children suffering from famine.

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Samra Khawaja manages Save the Children Action Network’s social media. She hopes to be a voice for children around the world, one tweet and one hashtag at a time. #InvestInKids