East Africa crisis: 10 million in need


East Africa Crisis News Story
Somali refugees at Dagahaley refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. Following a severe drought, many families faced starvation and left Somalia on foot. Thousands of refugees are flooding into Dadaab every week.
Photo by Laura Sheahen/Catholic Relief Services

By Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Social Justice Co-ordinator Evan Ellis

Parishes across the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta will offer their prayers and support for the Caritas East Africa Crisis Appeal over the weekend of 6 and 7 August.

Over the past two years, rains have failed on the Horn of Africa (the distinctive peninsula that marks the easternmost projection of the African continent), withering crops and killing livestock, leaving people with no food.

Scarcity has spread east to neighbouring countries such as Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, while parts of Somalia are now in famine.

More than 10.7 million people in seven countries have been identified as a risk.

With the drought not expected to ease until early 2012, the numbers affected are expected to rise dramatically.

The Caritas Confederation is currently providing food relief in the worst affected areas, targeting new mothers, children and the elderly. It is also providing jerry cans and water purifications systems to ensure people have access to clean water to drink.

However, with more than 10 million people in need, Caritas needs your help.

For more information or to donate, go to www.caritas.org.au/EastAfricaCrisis or ring toll free 1800 024 413.

Go to the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Social Justice Office

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