Update on East African Famine

As you're well aware, we have been covering the famine in the Horn of Africa and offering ways everyone can donate to the cause. Where famine existed in only two areas of Somalia, it now exists in five. Just two days ago, United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, once again stated that more needs to urgently be done in East Africa since "(the) catastrophic combination of conflicts, high food prices and drought has left more than 11 million people in desperate needs." Ki-Moon also stressed the need to stir up more fund-raising efforts and improve access for humanitarian workers to deliver aid in Somalia.

Although, The World Food Programme (WFP) has made nine airlifts to Mombasa, Kenya, carrying 800 metric tons of High Energy Biscuits, enough to feed 1.6 million people for a day, more aid is needed and will likely be needed for the rest of this year, if not longer.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of the high risk of disease outbreaks in drought-affected areas in East Africa. With a suspected measles outbreak in the Dollo Ado camps in Ethiopia, rest from grief appears dim for refugees.

So far the drought and famine across Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia has left more than 12 million people in desperate need of aid and claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people (half of them younger than 5), while the situation continues to worsen. Please stay tuned to our website for future updates on the situation, as well as events that we will put on to help raise money for this cause.

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Photo: Oxfam International