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Famine has struck parts of South Sudan and children urgently need our help to survive. War and a collapsing economy have left parents with nothing to feed their families and more than a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished. They need immediate, lifesaving aid and every day counts.

Conflict, a failing economy and extreme weather have collided in South Sudan, creating a humanitarian catastrophe for children.

Years of brutal violence have disrupted farming, torn away families' livelihoods and decimated the country's food supply. Inflation has skyrocketed to an incredible 800 per cent, leaving parents unable to afford even basic food staples, and a severe dry season has pushed communities past breaking point. Children are hardest hit. Without enough nutritious food, a staggering one million children have become acutely malnourished. More than 250,000 already have severe acute malnutrition - the deadliest form of the disease. They need our help and they need it now.

Helen was one of many mothers forced to flee from violence with her children. When they finally returned home, there was no food left and baby Emmanuel fell desperately ill with severe acute malnutrition.

“If there was no war, my family would be together and we could have jobs to buy food for our family. But nothing is operating,” she said.

As Emmanuel struggled with diarrhoea and vomiting, Helen began to lose hope. But she didn't give up until they reached a UNICEF-supported health centre where her baby finally received emergency therapeutic food. No parent should have to watch their children suffer through malnutrition - and they don’t have to. Your generous donation today will deliver therapeutic food and other emergency supplies to children in crisis.

Nearly 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death as famine looms in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Time is running out, but we can still save lives with your help. UNICEF is working with partners to provide therapeutic treatment to 220,000 severely malnourished children in Nigeria, more than 200,000 severely malnourished children in South Sudan, more than 200,000 severely malnourished children in Somalia, and 320,000 children in Yemen.

Your donation options:

  • Donate to UNICEF Canada’s general Emergency Fund. It allows us to place funds and deliver supplies where they are the most needed during an emergency like this. Click here to donate >>
  • Send a Survival Food Kit. All our Survival Gifts are real gifts with real impact. This kit goes directly to children and families to help in times of crisis. Click here to send a Survival Food Kit >>
  • Stock a Malnutrition Treatment Centre. This gift will keep malnutrition treatment centres stocked with nutritious food supplements and treatments to save malnourished children. Click here to help now >>