Unicef Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham travelled to Swaziland this week to see how 7: The David Beckham Unicef Fund is helping support and protect children in the country. During the visit, David heard and saw how the worst drought crisis in decades is taking hold of vast swathes of Eastern and Southern Africa and is threatening to wreak havoc on the lives of children and families who are already vulnerable.
A series of climatic shocks in 2014 and 2015 ruined harvests and depleted water sources and now one of the most powerful El Niño weather events in 50 years is making drought across the region drastically worse. The scale of the current crisis is unprecedented, and there are food crises happening across 13 countries in the region. This has put 26 million children in danger of life-threatening hunger.
“Across Eastern and Southern Africa millions of children are at risk from hunger, water shortages and disease,” said David. “I am speaking out for these children to make sure they are not forgotten at a time when they so desperately need our help. I am urging the global community to do all it can to help Unicef deliver the life-saving food, medicine and clean water that these children so desperately need.”
We are working with governments and partners across Eastern and Southern Africa to reduce the impact of the drought and to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance, but urgently need your support as current funding is not keeping pace with the tremendous needs of children.