An Urgent Appeal from PWRDF

Responding to the Horn of Africa Drought
July 14, 2011

“Here, things are changing by the hour and the situation has never been this bad”, communicated the Dadaab refugee camp in Somalia, which hosts 370,000 people and is currently receiving about 1300 new arrivals a day.

The worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in six decades is currently affecting up to 10 million people.  The United Nations describes the situation in the region as the most severe food security emergency in the world today, with the Famine Early Warning Systems Network warning that the response is “inadequate to prevent a further deterioration”. Levels of severe, acute malnutrition in this area, particularly among children, are also of great concern.  The mix of drought, skyrocketing food prices, food shortages, and deaths of livestock in large numbers has combined to make this situation a devastating one for millions of people in the region.

PWRDF, through the ACT Alliance, is responding to this emergency.  ACT is a global coalition of 111 churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance, and advocacy.  The current needs as discussed with ACT members are as follows:

Kenya: Food distribution; supplementary feeding for nutrition targeting children, the elderly and nursing mothers; and water supply are the needs during the crisis phase. Farmers will need seeds, fertilizers and livestock restocking for the recovery process.

Ethiopia: Food distribution, water supply– including the rehabilitation of water points and water harvesting; livestock restocking, and rehabilitation of pasture and growing of future animal feed.

Somalia: The Programme Coordinator for the Somali Refugee Program who was in the Dadaab refugee camp, which hosts 370,000 people and is currently receiving about 1300 new arrivals a day, communicated on July 13, “Here, things are changing by the hour and the situation has never been this bad”.

To donate, visit PWRDF.

A steady adult hand directs a cup of precious water to an infant in the Borena region of south Ethiopia. ACT/DCA/Binyan Mengesha