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Nearly a month ago, we reminded you that a child dies every five secondsfrom hunger related causes. That's about 25,000 children a day. More than 9 million a year.

In the last 90 days, more than 29,000 Somali children under the age of 5 have died. The cause? Famine.  That means around 3 million children are dead from hunger or hunger related causes in three months. And with 640,000 Somali children labeled as "acutely malnourished," more will die.

Children of Heifer recipients finish plates
of beans at their home in west Africa

Are you mad yet? You should be. These deaths are preventable.

While Heifer focuses on sustainable development work and not relief and emergency aid, we support that work and know that it is of utmost importance right now. We've been covering the crisis in Somalia on this blog, and monitoring the situation every day as thousands of refugees are pouring into the neighboring African countries where we do work.

And yes, we know that getting aid into the Shabab-controlled regions where the famine is at its worst is difficult. But that shouldn't discourage you from doing everything you can to help stop what's happening.

Millions of dollars have already been donated, but the U.N. says it will need "hundreds of millions more" to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. The time to take action is now. Here's how you can help.


Annie Bergman

Annie Bergman is a Global Communications Manager and helps plan, assign and develop content for the nonprofit’s website, magazine and blog. Bergman has interviewed survivors of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, beekeepers in Honduras, women’s groups in India and war widows in Kosovo, among many others in her six years at Heifer.