East Africa Crisis Appeal raised £79m, says Disasters Emergency Committee

Fundraising drive for people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan is the third most successful run by the coalition of aid charities

A well in Borena, Ethiopia
A well in Borena, Ethiopia

The Disasters Emergency Committee’s East Africa Crisis Appeal raised £79m, making it the charity’s third most successful campaign.

The appeal was launched last year to help the millions of people affected by famine in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan after one of the worst droughts for 60 years.

The DEC said the sums raised for its appeal, which has now closed, put it behind only the £392m donated after the 2004 Asian tsunami and the £107m given after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.

Of the total raised by the east Africa appeal, £40m was given to the DEC and £39m directly to its 14 member agencies, which include Save the Children, Tearfund, Islamic Relief and ActionAid.

Full details about how the appeal money is being spent will be in the DEC’s annual report, which will be published on July 20.

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