World Jewish Relief launched an emergency appeal for the East Africa Food Crisis this week, with 16 million people now at risk of starvation across the continent.

Hundreds have already died after drought, poor rains and conflict decimated harvests leaving millions of children malnourished and in need of urgent food and medical support.

“This is the worst food security situation the world has seen for decades,” said WJR chief executive Paul Anticoni. “With the message of Purim – giving gifts to the poor – still ringing in our ears, we are calling on our community to respond generously as I know they always do.”

He added: “We are proud to be the Jewish community’s response to international disasters and, as ever, we will ensure that supporters’ donations reach the most vulnerable people in this crisis.”

The appeal calls for money to help the aid agency provide emergency food, water and livelihood support, with WJR working with trusted local partners.

Donations can be made to World Jewish Relief’s East Africa Food Crisis appeal by going to