Right now, in parts of Somalia, a child is dying every six minutes - equivalent to 15 children during the 90 minutes of a football match.

Help tackle the crisis by donating now to UNICEF - Manchester United's international charity partner - at

11/08/2011 21:08

UNICEF's appeal to United fans

UNICEF is calling on United fans around the world to support its East Africa Children’s Crisis Appeal.

The charity has increased humanitarian assistance to countries in East Africa, where nearly two million children under five are currently at risk of starvation. A major food crisis is looming due to a deadly combination of conflict, rising food prices and a drought - one of the worst for 60 years - that has left pastures barren, water sources dry and livestock starving in Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Djibouti.

With nearly half a million children facing severe malnourishment, UNICEF continues to work in the region, delivering lifesaving nutrition and other basic supplies to keep vulnerable children alive and prevent disease.

For example, in the most affected areas of Ethiopia, UNICEF has distributed food to almost 34,000 severely malnourished children, and ensured access to water and sanitation for over 280,000 people.

In South Somalia, UNICEF and its partners are also providing basic health care services to nearly 900,000 people, and water and sanitation to over a million. We are also helping to treat over 12,000 malnourished children in Kenya.

You can help UNICEF's vital work in East Africa by donating any sum online at  or donating £5 by texting (UK only) SHARE to 78866. You can also help by sharing this page on Facebook below. Thank you.


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