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Sir Mo: 'Act now' to help starving children in East Africa

SPEAKING UP: Mo Farah

SIR MO Farah has spoke out about the famine taking place in East Africa, saying it "breaks his heart" to hear how families are facing starvation.

The Olympian said it "hurts to see children without food and water" and urged people to "act now" as its announced he's backing a UK charity fundraising appeal.

Sir Mo can relate to some of the experiences, as he spent his early childhood in some of the worst affected areas in Somalia. "As a father of four, it hurts to see children without food and water, but this is a reality being faced by parents in East Africa right now," he said,

"I was born in Somalia and it breaks my heart to hear stories of how families are suffering."

UK aid agencies have launched a fundraising appeal to help millions of people facing hunger in East Africa, as millions of children are at risk of starvation.

Sir Mo spoke as he was named ambassador for Save the Children, one of 13 UK aid agencies brought together by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

The DEC says at least 16 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan need food, water and medical treatment.

According to the DEC, drought and conflict are to blame for the crisis, whilst the government said it will match the first 5m donated by the public.

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