Yusuf's long journey to safety
"I remember the hunger, the thirst, and the weakness as we made our way to the border…
Four of the children of the families we were traveling with died. We helped bury them and then carried on." Yusuf's father Abdullahi
After travelling for weeks across arduous terrain with little or no food and water, 5 year old Yusuf and his family arrived hungry and tired in Kenya.
Drought in their homeland of Somalia killed their animals and crops and forced them to flee for their lives. On top of the constant hunger and extreme weather conditions they were forced to endure they were also robbed of all their money and possessions along the way; arriving in Kenya with literally nothing except the clothes upon their backs.
Thanks to assistance from UNHCR they are now starting their new life as refugees in Kenya's Dadaab refugee complex, but their troubles are far from over. Refugees like Yusuf and his family are in need of everything from shelter, to water to healthcare, and they need it now.
This Festive Season give the best possible gift to Somali refugees: save their lives
Somalia is currently suffering from one of the worst humanitarian crises in memory. As if 20 years of civil war weren't enough, Somalis are also now facing the worst drought in 60 years.
This combination has already claimed the lives of tens of thousands of children in the Horn of Africa. And if that seems too awful to imagine, there is worse: nearly 3.3 million people are in need of life-saving assistance in Somalia - many of who are children.
Here at UNHCR we would like to wish you a happy festive season and thank you for all your support.
As the crisis in East Africa continues, however, we need your support more than ever. By donating today you could help us save the lives of more refugee children and provide the most basic humanitarian assistance they need to survive.
US $10 provides 10 bars of soap to help stop the spread of diseases such as Cholera.
US $50 provides therapeutic feeding kits - each one helps feed five children.
US$100 provides survival kits - each has a blanket, mattress, kitchen set, stove and soap.
US $450 provides an all-weather tent to shelter a refugee family.
Every dollar you give means a life saved.
PS:Want to provide longer term support? For US $45 a month you could also help shelter a refugee family.
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