The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday called for urgent action to help over 20 million people facing famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeastern Nigeria. Kenya has also bee hit by a drought.

"We cannot afford to turn a blind eye to requests for help from those countries where the drought-related famine has reached critical levels," wrote Erdogan. "Turkey launches an aid campaign to reach people in East Africa and Yemen who need our urgent assistance."

Erdogan directed his followers to Turkish Red Crescent’s website at kizilay.org to make an online donation to support the campaign. 

Anadolu Agency