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A lack of medical facilities isn’t the only problem Mako, aged 35, is facing. Severe drought across southern and eastern Ethiopia has meant nearly all life has dried up. It is estimated that 7.5 million people in Ethiopia are in urgent need of humanitarian help.

In Mako’s village, the school has closed, the teacher gone. The market place has shut. The family used to have a herd of 50 sheep and goats. Now they only have one cow. Drinking water is scarce, and the pastures are parched.

Save The Children is giving Mako’s son, Hamsa, aged 4, medical care. The family is receiving emergency food rations, and has been given a donkey so they can travel to a water source and bring it back for the family. Across the Somali and Oromiya regions, Save the Children is providing water, food and sanitation for families like Mako’s, and helping to treat and feed starving cattle.

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The rapid drop in global child deaths in the last 20 years is one of the world’s most spectacular, and most hopeful, success stories. It shows what is possible with the right resources, programs and political will in place. But the story isn’t over yet. More needs to be done.

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He was not born to die

Mako is pregnant with her sixth child. In a few weeks, she will have her baby at home in her village in the Shinile district of the Somali region of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia | Africa

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She came from the storm

Mara was heavily pregnant with her first baby when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines.

Philippines | Asia

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Living with hunger

Nyatot urged her family to keep walking for their lives. When war broke out near the border of Sudan and South Sudan, the widow knew she had to get her mother and three children to safety in the south.

Sudan | Africa