In 2011 more than 13 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and the newly-formed Republic of South Sudan were left in need of food, water and emergency healthcare because of one of the worst droughts in at least 25 years. Hundreds of thousands of people fled Somalia due to the drought and conflict, with parts of the country afflicted by famine.
Donations from the UK public for the appeal raised £79 million and have helped 2.3 million people. DEC fundraising for this appeal is now closed; money raised for the appeal was spent over the two year period ending in July 2013 to ensure people were helped not just to survive the crisis but also to begin to rebuild their lives. To support our member agencies ongoing work, please visit them via their websites.