Trocaire: ‘We need community help’
Trocaire has asked the people of Co. Down to help deliver food and water to over ten million people suffering the effects of drought in east Africa. The organisation has launched an emergency appeal to tackle a drought crisis in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia which is “a humanitarian crisis getting worse by the day”. Prolonged drought has led to crop failure which has put more than ten million people in urgent need of food. Animals are dying in large numbers and in certain areas one in every four children is dangerously malnourished.
Trocaire has warned that the deteriorating situation could have “catastrophic consequences” for people in the region. “The situation in east Africa is extremely serious,” warned Maurice McQuillan, Trocaire’s Humanitarian Programme Manager. “Malnutrition rates are up to five times higher than the emergency threshold and more than ten million people are facing severe food shortages.”
He continued, “This is potentially the most serious drought the region has seen since 1950. There are ten million people – more than five times the population of Northern Ireland – who simply do not have enough food to sustain themselves. The region has suffered from poor or non-existent rains for an entire year, so crops are dead and animals are dying. Unless we move quickly to intervene, people will be next. This is a humanitarian crisis which is getting worse by the day. Without the help of the international community, this drought could yet turn into famine with catastrophic consequences for millions of people.”
Trocaire has launched an emergency response to the situation in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia and is funding ten separate drought response projects in the region. These projects are bringing food to communities suffering the worst affects of the drought. Members of the public can donate to the east Africa fund at www.trocaire.org, by calling 0800 912 1200 or you can donate up to £10 by texting ‘TROC22′ followed by the amount to 70070.
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