CAFOD is launching an emergency aid appeal for the millions affected by the drought crisis in the Horn and East of Africa.

Our aid workers and church partners throughout the region describe the drought as the worst they have ever seen. They have warned that unless urgent help is received, the drought will lead to food shortages on an unprecedented scale.

CAFOD Director Chris Bain said: “The rains and crops have failed, livestock are dying, and tens of thousands of people are walking miles in a hopeless search for food and water. There is nothing on the horizon that will improve that picture, and every likelihood it is going to get much worse.

“That is why we are working urgently alongside our church partners throughout the region, running feeding stations for small children and pregnant mothers, digging wells and earth dams for communities, and distributing drought-resistant seeds to farmers.

“Every donation to CAFOD is having an impact on the front line of this crisis, so the individuals, families, parishes and schools who support this appeal can literally make the difference between life and death for thousands of people over the coming weeks.”

Bishop Peter Kihara, the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marsabit in one of the worst-hit areas of Northern Kenya said: “There is no question that we have a very desperate situation and it is deteriorating rapidly. We urgently call to our brothers and sisters in Britain and across the world to help us in this time of need.”

Please help us reach the millions of people affected by the crisis.