In response to famine in South Sudan and warnings of famine in Yemen, Somalia and north-eastern Nigeria, Muslims Against Hunger launched this public awareness and social media campaign to encourage Islamic organizations, and individual Muslims, to pledge one-third of the Zakat that they collect during Ramadan this year to feed starving families in these four countries.

Zakat are only for the Fuqara (poor), and Al-Masakin (the poor), and those employed to collect [the funds], and to attract the hearts of those who have been inclined [towards Islam], and to free the captives, and for those in debt, and for Allah’s Cause, and for the wayfarer; a duty imposed by Allah. And Allah is All-Knower, All-Wise.”

(Quran 9:60)

4.9 million people in South Sudan (40% of the population) are in need of urgent food, agriculture and nutrition assistance.

More than 14 million Yemenis suffer dangerous levels of food insecurity, a figure that dwarfs that of any other country in conflict.

Drought in Somalia has killed off livestock and crops, leaving 6.2 million Somalis (more than half the population) in urgent need of help.

75,000 children in north-eastern Nigeria are at risk of starving to death. Another 7.1 million people in Nigeria and the neighboring Lake Chad area are considered severely food insecure.

Famine Statistics