United Nations Declares Hunger Crisis in East Africa, Celebrities Begin to Fundraise

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The United Nations has declared a hunger crisis in parts of Somalia and is calling for a widespread international response to end the suffering. Right now 12 million people in East Africa are at risk of starving to death.

Preventable diseases and malnutrition have already claimed the lives of 30,000 children in the last three months. Their graves are but shallow holes dug among wind-blown trash.

Thousands of Somalis are fleeing their native land each week, walking for days under the hot, African sun in search of food, water and shelter at refugee camps. Some are walking as far as Kenya and Ethiopia.

It's a humanitarian crisis that has snagged the attention of some celebrities. Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga have all signed up to fundraise for the Save the Children of East Africa charity.

Others who are using their celebrity status to draw attention to the famine include Paul McCartney, Coldplay, the Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber, Madonna, and Elton John.

According to Save the Children's website, a little money goes a long way.

  • $8 can pay for enough water purification tablets to provide clean, safe water to a family of six for a month
  • $24 can pay for mosquito nets to keep ten malnourished children safe from disease
  • $128 can help feed a family of six for a month

Donate to Save the Children.

A number of other reputable organizaions are also accepting donations to end the crisis. See who they are here. Some allow for $10 donations sent via text messaging. If 10 people were to donate $10 each, that $100 would feed one child for 100 days.

For more information on the crisis in East Africa, visit un.org or savethechildren.org.

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