Famine has struck parts of South Sudan and children urgently need our help to survive. War and a collapsing economy have left parents with nothing to feed their families and more than a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished. They need immediate, lifesaving aid and every day counts.
Our worst fears have been realised. Conflict, a failing economy and extreme weather have collided in South Sudan, creating a humanitarian catastrophe for children.
Years of brutal violence have disrupted farming, torn away families' livelihoods and decimated the country's food supply. Inflation has skyrocketed to an incredible 800%, leaving parents unable to afford even basic food staples, and a severe dry season has pushed communities past breaking point.
Children are hardest hit. Without enough nutritious food, a staggering one million young girls and boys have become acutely malnourished. More than 250,000 already have severe acute malnutrition - the deadliest form of the disease. They need our help and they need it now.
Hellen holds her baby Emmanuel, a child with severe malnutrition, at the malnutrition ward in Al Shabbab hospital in Juba, South Sudan.
No parent should have to watch their children suffer through malnutrition - and they don’t have to. Your generous donation today will deliver therapeutic food and other emergency supplies to children in crisis.
UNICEF is already helping children recover with lifesaving aid like Plumpy'nut, a high-protein paste that can help bring a severely malnourished child back to a stable condition within weeks.
But our teams and resources are stretched to the limit. We urgently need your help to reach more children in remote villages, where food and water are desperately short and every day counts. Please give generously now to save children's lives.
In the unlikely event that funds raised exceed children’s needs in South Sudan, UNICEF will use your donation where it is needed most.