East Africa Children's Crisis - December 2018 Situation Report

  • Overall humanitarian needs: Close to 30 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in East Africa with more than 50% being children. Drought and conflict are the largest drivers of displacements in the region leaving children and their families vulnerable and reliant on life saving humanitarian aid.
  • Food insecurity: An estimated 15 million people across East Africa are at risk of not having enough food to eat due to climatic shocks that were experienced through 2018 which resulted in poor harvests. Constant threat of conflict and displacements has disrupted people’s livelihoods leading to inability to focus on income generating activities.
  • Children on the move: Natural disasters and conflict have forced millions of children and their families to flee their homes. Children fleeing these scenes of violence are exposed to exploitation and abuse and require extra protection and psychological support.
  • Funding: World Vision is encouraged by the support and the good will of its donors and partners in supporting longterm and sustainable programmes in emergency contexts. Refugees need more assistance to engage in income generation activities that will make them self-sustainable. This enables vulnerable families without a means of earning an income to have access to livelihood opportunities and sufficiently support their families. For more information, read or download our December 2018 situation report.