Hunger Crisis



Famine has now been declared in South Sudan.

If the world doesn’t act, there are fears famine could soon be announced in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.

More than 20 million people are currently at risk – that is nearly more than the population of all major cities in Canada combined. This includes nearly 1.4 million children facing death from severe malnutrition.

Your help is urgently needed to save lives.


A famine is the worst case scenario of a food crisis and is declared when alarming measures of mortality, malnutrition and hunger are met - it essentially means people are starving to death right now.

This growing humanitarian catastrophe is the result of ongoing conflict, drought and climate change. In many of the countries at risk harvests have failed, water points have dried up and violence has prevented the delivery of much-needed assistance.

We need your help. Right now, CARE’s teams are on the ground providing life-saving support in some of the worst affected areas:

  • We are providing food aid and cash vouchers to parents so they can feed their children
  • We are distributing seeds so families can replant devastated crops
  • We are making sure families have clean drinking water
  • We have already provided emergency help to 324,000 people in South Sudan
  • Our teams have already reached almost 260,000 people in Somalia
  • We have reached more than 1.3 million people in need in Yemen

But so much more urgent help is needed. To ensure help is available for women, girls and their families in crisis, CARE has set up the Emergency Response Fund to specifically respond to these urgent at-risk areas.  

Your donation will help CARE rush emergency support to those countries facing this food crisis.


South Sudan

  • In February 2017, famine was declared in parts of Unity State following more than three years of violent conflict.
  • Families are barely surviving on leaves and roots to eat and children are suffering from excruciating hunger.
  • We’re delivering life-saving food, water and medical care to families in desperate need and have reached 350,000 people to date.


  • A series of severe droughts has left millions of people in the Horn of Africa at risk of hunger and in urgent need of help. Somalia is now on the brink of famine.
  • Across Somalia water sources have dried up, crops have been wiped out and livestock have perished. Prices of food and water are soaring and families are being forced to sell their already meagre assets to survive.
  • CARE has reached over 300,000 in Somalia to date


  • Civil war has been raging for nearly two years in Yemen, major challenges exist in accessing all possible ports to the import of food and other necessary items.
  • The scale of the need is staggering: more than 14 million people are struggling to find enough food and water to survive each day. Hundreds of thousands of children are at risk of starvation and death.
  • The ongoing conflict makes this an extremely difficult environment in which to work – but CARE is one of the few international aid agencies already on the ground, working to deliver humanitarian aid.


  • Widespread violence in northeast Nigeria and across the Lake Chad Basin and neighbouring countries over the last four years has forced families from their homes and severely disrupted farming leaving millions without enough food.


CARE is on the ground in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, and countries in the Lake Chad Basin, including Nigeria, providing life-saving necessities:

  • food aid and cash vouchers
  • seeds to replant devastated crops
  • clean drinking water

CARE will take a special focus on women and girls as we know they are particularly at risk of malnutrition and gender-based violence. 

Our teams have been working with communities to reduce the severity of this hunger crisis, but we need your help to meet the escalating need before it’s too late. 

CARE is extremely concerned that conditions will worsen in all of these countries resulting in more unnecessary deaths. We call on all parties to the conflicts to allow unfettered access of humanitarian aid to those in need, and calls on donors to provide the necessary funding needed to save more lives.

To ensure help is available for women, girls and their families in crisis, CARE has set up the Emergency Response Fund to specifically respond to these urgent at-risk areas.  

Your donation will help CARE rush emergency support to those countries facing famine.

$70 Food for malnourished children – can provide one month supplementary feeding for four children suffering from malnutrition 

$120 Family emergency kit – can provide three blankets, a sleeping mat, plastic sheeting, a kitchen set, jerry cans for water, antibacterial soap and clothes for a family of seven

$530 Water treatment – can provide urgent water treatment and hygiene supplies to 20 families



Fleeing famine in South Sudan

Mar 24, 2017 | What do you do when faced with the threat of starvation: stay put hoping the situation will improve? Or walk in search of safety and a stable food source? This is the terrible dilemma hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese like 34-year-old Nyarmon are currently facing. Read more

Somalia: With drought everywhere, there is nowhere to go

Mar 20, 2017 | Nura Abdi Nuur, a mother of seven, lives in an impromptu camp with other drought-stricken families. Before CARE arrived to provide assistance, the family - like so many in the area - was facing starvation. Read more.

We cannot allow millions to starve in South Sudan and around the world, says CARE
Mar 3, 2017 | After three years of brutal conflict, famine was declared in South Sudan’s Unity State, meaning thousands are dying of starvation. Read more