According to The Wall Street Journal, Mark Bowden, the U.N.’s top official in charge of humanitarian aid in Somalia, said the country “is facing its worst food security crisis in the last 20 years. This desperate situation requires urgent action to save lives…It’s likely that conditions will deteriorate further in six months.”

More than 10 million people across the Horn of Africa are in dire need of humanitarian assistance due to a deadly combination of the worst drought conditions in 60 years, escalating food prices and armed conflict. Two million children are at risk of starvation in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia. In southern Somalia alone, the crisis has killed 29,000 young children in the last 90 days.

By making a donation and spreading the word about the crisis, you will help make an impact. Here are five organizations that are on the ground in East Africa that need your support.

1. International Rescue Committee:  The International Rescue Committee is scaling up relief efforts to aid people devastated by the drought. Some of their work in this region includes providing new arrivals with medical screenings and fortified food for malnourished young children in Dadaab refugee camp, northeastern Kenya.

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2. World Food Programme: The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian aid organization fighting hunger. Your emergency donation will help them reach more people on the edge of survival, specifically women and children.

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3. Oxfam: Oxfam is aiming to reach 3 million people with water, sanitation services, and food. A donation of $50 will provide 200 people a day’s supply of clean water and a $100 donation will feed a family of six for two+ weeks.

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4. Save the Children: Donate a dollar a day for 100 days to help a child through the drought.

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5. CARE: A tax-deductible gift will help CARE address global hunger, improve healthcare and create economic opportunity in Somalia, Kenya and other poor countries around the world.

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6. World Vision:  World Vision is a faith-based organization that strives to eliminate poverty and injustice. Text 4AFRICA to 20222 on your mobile phone to donate $10 to support the emergency relief efforts.

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7. Mercy Corps: Mercy Corps is responding to the drought in East Africa with emergency operations in northeastern Kenya and plans to build on existing work in Ethiopia and Somalia. Through emergency food distributions, clean water delivery and cash-for-work activities, they have helped 150,000 people thus far.

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