Happy Thanksgiving, John! On this day of gratitude, we are so grateful for your dedicated support. Champions for children like you help make everything we do here at Save the Children possible, and we could not be more thankful to have you by our side.
But as we celebrate this day by gathering and sharing a special meal with loved ones, we must not forget the millions of children around the world who are struggling with food insecurity, hunger and famine-like conditions. Before you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner with your family, please take a moment to learn more about the risk of famine and what it means for children.
What is famine?
The word famine is only used when a food crisis, usually caused by multiple factors, has reached a calamitous stage. It means there is an extreme food shortage and children and adults within a certain area already dying of hunger daily.
What places are currently at risk of famine?
Parts of Somalia, Afghanistan, Yemen, South Sudan and Ethiopia are all at risk of famine right now.
What action can be taken to avert a famine?
There are four critical components to averting famine: 1) early warning and action; 2) an international coordinated response; 3) full and unimpeded humanitarian access; and 4) cessation of conflicts.
Why are children affected more by famine than adults?
Malnourished children are much more susceptible to disease and illness. Acute malnutrition can lead to death or, if a child survives, can impede their mental and physical development. Famine conditions also increase instances of child marriage and child labor.
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With your support, we’re constantly working to prevent hunger and help those affected by famine. Your generosity has impacted lives, futures and communities in every corner of the world. Thank you for everything you do.