Queen Elizabeth II makes personal donation to help those affected by famine in East Africa

Queen Elizabeth II of Britain has decided to donate her own money to help East Africans suffering without basic supplies.

While the amount of her contribution is unknown, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson has said, "I can confirm that Her Majesty is making a personal donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee's East Africa Crisis Appeal."

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KING'S LYNN, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh depart after attending the Sunday service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. The Queen missed services on Christmas Day and New Year's Day after suffering a heavy cold. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh depart after attending the Sunday service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. The Queen missed services on Christmas Day and New Year's Day after suffering a heavy cold. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Queen Elizabeth II attends St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip leave after a service at St. Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham, Britain January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Alan Walter
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip leave after a service at St. Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham, Britain January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Alan Walter
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Queen Elizabeth II attends St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
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According to the BBC, the committee, also known as the DEC for short, "says at least 16 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan need food, water and medical treatment. Drought and conflict are to blame for the crisis..."

The group has also noted that about 800,000 kids between the ages of 6 months and 5 years are at risk of severe acute malnutrition.

To encourage people to donate, the British government has offered matching funds up to £5 million, or around $6.2 million USD.

This activity has coincided with a visit to Somalia by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson who has said of military training and humanitarian supplies provided by the British, "All of this is vital if Somalia is going to move forward to achieve long-term stability and prosperity."

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