The Famine Crisis

Mother & Starving Child (globenews9.com)

Remember when your mother said to you at the dinner table, “Eat all of your food because there are hungry children dying in Africa?” She wasn’t lying then and her words are more relevant now.

The drought occurring in the horn of Africa is devastating. Hundreds of thousands of East Africans- especially small children and women, are dying everyday. The UN has declared a famine in the region.That means that 1,500 people die from hunger a day. Yes, 1,500 A DAY. This crisis is real.

Somalian- born model Iman, says “this is a humanitarian crisis…it is heartbreaking”. She made her plea on BBC last week. While Somalia is receiving aid from organizations such as Save The Children, the need far outweighs the resources.

Eritrea is another country that is suffering but we don’t hear much about it. We don’t hear much in part because Eritrea’s arbitrary government has resolved they aren’t in need of help. Meanwhile, the drought has caused farmers’ crops to die, animals to suffer and become scarce and children to go hungry and die. The UN has not dropped food in the country since 2005 citing human rights violations and associations with extreme terrorist groups. The government food rations are reduced to grains making the impact even worse. As a result, Eritreans seek to provide food for their families by any means necessary.  Thousands of refugees like mother of five, Alem Teke, risk the lives of their families by fleeing from Eritrea through minefields into neighboring yet adversarial bordering nation, Ethiopia. (Source)

Simply put: This is all a mess.

People are dying of hunger and thirst and they need more help!

I am thankful for the resources posted on PBS.org, giving us a full list of organizations to donate to for famine aid. The list includes agencies such as: 

CARE
Donation phone: 800-521-2273

Oxfam America
Donation phone: 800-776-9326

UNICEF
Donation phone: 800-4UNICEF

Mercy Corps
Donation phone :800-852-2100

Doctors Without Borders
Donation phone: 888-392-0392

International Medical Corps
Donation phone : 800-481-4462

International Rescue Committee
Donation Phone : 877-REFUGEE (877-733-8433 )

Save the Children
Donation Phone : 800-728-3843

For the full list and further information visit, PBS.org.

(cbs.com) Mihag Gedi Farah, a seven-month-old child with a weight of 3.4kg, is held by his mother in a field hospital of the International Rescue Committee, IRC, in the town of Dadaab, Kenya, Tuesday, July 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

Hunger is no joke. Thousands of people dying of hunger is even scarier. I implore you this week to check in with some of the organizations listed, your local East African alliance or even friends who from from these countries to learn the best way for you to help.

Remember what your mother told you about those starving kids in Africa. Now do something about it.

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