Where we are doing it
Since early 2017, East Africa has been facing a famine which has the potential to affect up to 20 million people.
Triggered by a combination of drought, conflict and a lack of humanitarian access, communities have been uprooted and forced to flee in search of safety and food.
We first launched this appeal in 2017 to help the millions suffering in Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia, and have been responding since.
Find out more about what we are doing in East Africa through our East Africa Food Crisis Appeal.
For over a year the population of Ambae has suffered from the effects of volcanic activity, including acid rain, contaminated water, poisonous gases and falling ash. However, in September, the ash became so severe that the sun was blocked out completely, blanketing everything and prompting a full and compulsory evacuation.
By the end of 2018 the state of emergency had ended, however the evacuated people were left in limbo, as they consider whether to return home or try settle elsewhere.
The displaced people of Ambae are still facing uncertainty about the future – even if they return, they will need to salvage what is left of their livelihoods, homes and animals, all left behind on the island that has been subject to ash and volcanic contamination.
The civil war raging in Syria, now in its eighth year, has caused one of the largest humanitarian crises the world has ever known, and the UN says that the response is the largest humanitarian operation in history.
Over half of the Syrian population of 22 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes, with many of these people displaced more than once.
Daily more people are having to flee from the conflict. Now more than 6.6 million people are now displaced within the Syrian war zone and more than 5 million refugees are hosted by nearby countries, namely Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Eqypt and Iraq. UNHCR estimates that 13.1 million people need urgent humanitarian assistance inside Syria. Additionally there are 12.8 million who require health assistance, but 3 million are living in hard-to-reach or besieged areas and are exposed to serious health threats.