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E Africa drought: Pope urges concrete aid

2011-10-05 13:11

Vatican City - Pope Benedict XVI Wednesday urged the international community to offer concrete aid for the drought and famine-struck Horn of Africa region, where more than 13 million need aid.

"I renew my pressing appeal to the international community to follow up its commitment to these people and I invite everybody to offer prayers and concrete aid to the brothers and sisters who are being greatly tested," he said.

Countries in the Horn region - mainly Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya - "are facing one of the worst droughts in more than half a century, causing mounting malnutrition, food insecurity, and displacement of people", the World Bank said recently.

The UN estimates more than 13 million are living rough since July and need assistance.

The pontiff highlighted that "children are dying every day from illness and due to lack of food and water", and said the Holy See would organise a series of meetings to give "an extra push" to efforts by the church and charitable bodies to provide relief to victims.

Comments
  • stofsuier - 2011-10-05 13:36

    What does he want to send them concrete for if they have no water !!!!!!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-10-05 14:02

      lol...as long as he doesn't send any Catholic priests...

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-10-05 14:02

      lol...as long as he doesn't send any Catholic priests...

  • BnQE - 2011-10-05 13:47

    Don't URGE Pope, your prayers aren't working so take a few of your billions, put your money where your mouth is and spend it on East Africa, stop sponging off international countries in name of religion and brotherly love by neglecting your duties ...

      Gazzah - 2011-10-05 13:59

      Wow, talk about flying off at a tangent! Go and check how much money the Catholic church sends in to Africa for schools and the care of people! He is not a business man and realizes that more is need to be done! So don't attack unless you know your facts, or just read the article!

      Gazzah - 2011-10-05 13:59

      Wow, talk about flying off at a tangent! Go and check how much money the Catholic church sends in to Africa for schools and the care of people! He is not a business man and realizes that more is need to be done! So don't attack unless you know your facts, or just read the article!

      Anton - 2011-10-05 19:36

      BnQE, Well said!! If the Vatican just sells one or two paintings covering their walls , it should feed 30 000 starving Africans, for a couple of months!!!

      Anton - 2011-10-05 19:36

      BnQE, Well said!! If the Vatican just sells one or two paintings covering their walls , it should feed 30 000 starving Africans, for a couple of months!!!

  • letsee - 2011-10-06 09:19

    All the Pope needs is to tell Zuma to apply a African solution and the problem will be solved.

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