Help save the Horn of Africa

2011-07-29 13:02
 Cape Town – Thousands of famine-hit people living in the Horn of Africa region continue to flee their homes in search of food, in a situation that has been described as dire by the United Nations.

According to reports, malnutrition is rife in Somalia’s Mogadishu and among Somali refugees who have been crossing the borders of Kenya and Ethiopia, often on foot, in their hundreds of thousands.

Parents continue to lose their children while travelling long distances to look for food and water - many have had to bury loved ones who have fallen victim to the extreme drought.

The death rate among drought-stricken Somalis arriving at refugee camps has exceeded levels seen in previous emergency situations, according to UN reports.

An estimated 3.7 million people in Somalia - around a third of the population - are on the brink of starvation, and millions more in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda have been struck by the worst drought in the region in decades.

Various international organisations are working tirelessly to help the situation after World powers announced their intention to donate millions of dollars to the victims.

If you would like to donate to Unicef's relief efforts, click here.


Read more on:    unicef  |  ethiopia  |  djibouti  |  kenya  |  somalia  |  africa drought  |  east africa hunger  |  east africa
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