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‘Phenomenal’ response as East Africa famine fund reaches £36m

More than £36 million has been raised to help famine-hit East Africa, where hundreds of thousands of children are at risk of starvation.

The new total was revealed just a day after six aid workers were killed in South Sudan, the deadliest attack on humanitarian workers in the area in four years.

The workers’ nationalities have not been publicised, nor have the names of the organisations they worked with.
The multi-million pound total was raised for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal in just 11 days, and described as “phenomenal” by the appeal’s chief executive Saleh Saeed.

The funds will go towards providing food, water and medical treatment for people in need amid prolonged drought and conflict.

The conditions have left 16 million people across East Africa at risk of starvation and more than 800,000 children under the age of five severely malnourished, the DEC said.

Picture: Internally displaced people walk on a road close to the outer perimeter of a United Nations mission outside Juba, South Sudan. (CNS photo/Siegfried Modola, Reuters).