The East Africa Emergency Appeal is in response to the current famine in parts of Somalia and extended food crisis affecting over 13 million people in the Horn of Africa including Kenya and Ethiopia. People's access to food and water is in jeopardy and the risks of the outbreak of disease are growing. Children are among those most vulnerable in the worst hit countries.
The number of Somalis in need of humanitarian assistance has increased from 2.4 million to 4 million in the past eight months, with 3 million of them in the country's south, according to FAO.
World Vision is undertaking a relief response to address the immediate needs of those affected by drought as well as continuing its development work which supports communities over the long-term to better cope with situations like the current crisis.
World Vision aims to reach more than 2.5 million people in the three most affected countries of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, from July-December 2011.
World Vision is seeking the support of all Australians through prayer and giving as they respond to this emergency. World Vision's international campaign aims to raise $100 million to fund World Vision's short term response and long term development activities in the Horn of Africa.