Sunday, July 24, 2011
Urgent Need in the Horn of Africa, Where Children are Dying of Hunger
I often focus on local homelessness and hunger on this blog, but the tragedy unfolding in Southern Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia is so gut-wrenching that I’m moved to pass along this information. Night after night I listen to the BBC World Service, and, along with many of you I’m sure, weep at pictures on the nightly news of children dying in refugee camps — having arrived just a little too late to be saved from the ravages of malnutrition.
Mothers are walking for weeks to the camps, carrying their children, in order to try to survive. Many people are dying along the way. It’s a truly desperate situation.
While it’s a fact that Somali rebels have stolen aid from agencies in the past, making some people hesitant to give, journalists are telling us that the rebels are yielding to local pressure and are letting aid through at this time.
Even a small amount helps: for example, texting $10 to UNICEF (864233) will feed a child for 10 days. Here is a link to organizations that are already on the ground there and need more help: