The rains have failed the people of Ethiopia, and their children are dying. The worst drought in 60 years has put more than 13 million people in Ethiopia at risk, according to the U.N. — and the youngest suffer the most. Exhausted, hungry families carry their starving children miles through the parched landscape in search of water and food. Sometimes a child dies in a mother’s arms — of malnutrition, of waterborne illness, of measles … the final diagnosis doesn’t matter. It is because the rains failed. Sometimes the mother’s cry is too weak for anyone to hear. It’s the sad end of a story that begins with crops having dried up. With no food to eat or sell, families then sell their meager belongings. And when those are gone — with nothing else to stay for — they sell the corrugated metal roofs off their houses. And then they walk in search of food and water. It’s about survival now, That’s why we need your help — quickly. We are on the ground working directly with our partners to provide food and water to save the lives of the children most affected and their families. The under-5 children and lactating mothers are the worst affected, and the little available food is running out fast! Go Green Ethiopia’s drought response in Ethiopia is focused in areas where we already have an established presence, highlighted in yellow. Go Green Ethiopia's efforts are trained squarely on those groups,because of the vulnerability of this age group and the lifelong implications of inadequate food intake at this stage. Food insecurity has reached crisis levels in Ethiopia’s north and northeastern districts, with no likelihood of the situation improving until late 2012. At the same time, late rains and flooding have washed out roads, interrupting food supplies and creating conditions ripe for disease. Dengue fever is spreading fast in northeastern Ethiopia, with 5,000 people affected. In Ethiopia, the prolonged La Niña conditions have disrupted two consecutive rainy seasons, causing rapidly deteriorating food security in the drought-affected lowlands of south and southeastern Ethiopia, and in parts of the central and southern highlands. Late rains have now come in some areas, but wet conditions are creating disease risks for the malnourished. Cases of acute watery diarrhea continue to be reported in four districts, including the Oromia region, which has the most cases of severe acute malnutrition among children. Flooding following the dry season is also creating a complex set of problems in Ethiopia. More than 10,000 gardens have been destroyed. Crops are being harvested prematurely, and farmers are having difficulty drying harvested crops and getting them to market. As a result, most households could exhaust food stocks in two months. In addition, submerged latrines are contaminating water sources and increasing the risk of waterborne disease. Flooding has also created a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and thus the potential for a malaria outbreak is high. In addition to providing food, water and health care support, including hygiene and sanitation education, Go Green Ethiopia is also working to keep families and children in their communities. We don’t want these vulnerable children and their families to have to move away,We know how detrimental that is to their development. Go Green Ethiopia is helping from many angles — but the greatest challenge of all is funding these efforts. We must not fail the children of the Ethiopia. Make a difference now and help us help them. > Your $155 donation will provide 150 packets of nutritional supplements. > Your $62 donation will provide 100 doses of malaria drugs. > Your $50 donation will provide ten 500ml bottles of iodine to disinfect wounds. > Your $26 donation will provide fruit and vegetables to a family for a week.