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Famine Relief Efforts in South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia

Famine was declared in two areas of South Sudan in February 2017. This is the first famine to be declared in the world in over 6 years. Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia are also at risk for famine. A famine is declared by the United Nations when extreme criteria are met. These criteria include: at least 20% of households face extreme food shortages; acute malnutrition rates exceed 33%; and a death rate that is more than two persons per every 100,000 each day. Tens of millions of people are in need of food, but unfortunately are at the mercy of overwhelmed aid systems, continuing wars and widespread conflict.

In Yemen, over 7 million people need emergency food aid. Northeastern Nigeria faces severe acute malnutrition as at least 5 million people face the risk of famine. Somalia is currently in its second year of drought causing crops to fail. In South Sudan, the country's government and the United Nations have warned that over 100,000 people are facing starvation with an additional one million more at risk for famine. Currently, more than 40% of South Sudan's population (4.9 million people) has been described as severly food insecure, according to IPC, an international multi-agency initiative. Funding for aid is urgently needed in all of these countries.

Uganda Emergency Relief

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities offering aid to the estimated 1.6 million displaced Ugandans.

Darfur Emergency Relief

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities offering aid to the estimated 2 million people that have fled to refugee camps.

Pakistani Flood Relief

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities involved in Pakistan flood relief efforts.

Iraq Crisis Support

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities offering aid to the millions of people facing displacement, water shortages, power outages, and health epidemics.

Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities involved in continuing Haitian relief efforts following the 2010 earthquake and the ongoing cholera epidemic.

East African Relief Efforts

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities involved in efforts to provide relief to victims of the famine in the Horn of Africa.

Syrian Humanitarian Relief

CharityWatch announces a list of highly efficient charities involved in efforts to provide emergency relief and humanitarian assistance to the people of Syria.

The extremely violent conflicts that began in March 2011 have claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people so far, leaving millions of people in need of emergency assistance.

As many as 13.5 million people in the region are in need of emergency assistance. As of early 2016, the violence has displaced 7.6 million people within Syria. According to the United Nations High Commisioner for Refugees 4.6 million Syrians are registered as refugees seeking assistance in neighboring countries—including Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey—and the total number of people fleeing Syria may be much higher than that. Distribution of aid within Syria is difficult, and the large number of refugees into neighboring countries has overwhelmed social service providers.

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