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East Africa right now is the world's "worst humanitarian disaster," according to the chief of the United Nations' Refugee Agency. Tens of thousands of people have died in the past few months.It is the worst drought that eastern African has suffered through in 60 years.
The famine in Somalia is the first official famine declared by the United Nations since 1984, when nearly a million people died in Ethiopia and neighboring Sudan. Now over 11 million people in the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti) are desperately short on food, and the international community has pledged to respond.
Many families have been without food and water for days. Malnourished children are dying daily due to lack of nutrients. Live stock are dropping dead, food prices are through the roof and the arid conditions are feeding famines in Somalia, where the United Nations says malnutrition rates have approached 50 percent in some areas, the highest rates in the world.‘U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, says 3 out of every 10,000 refugees die each day.
The map illustrates the areas of food shortages. But maps only say so much. To get a grasp on the human toll of the disaster, consider reports of there are children left for dead along the roadways, Mercy Corps mentions starving cows at the markets, and people wandering the desert for weeks looking for food and water.
The area of emergency shown on the map is vast and isever expanding. The refugee centres are in a short supply of resources. A further issue which has now been highlighted is inflation, adversely sending food prices soaring. Wheat and rice have become unaffordable and families are struggling to provide for their families. The cost of food has escalated by up to 500% in some places, leaving people who have suffered drought after drought in utter destitution," says Oxfam's Rob McNeil
UNITED SIKHS has been proactively working in Kenya with the launch of the Guru Nanak Food Bank, in addition to other initiatives detailed in the press releases as below.
Aid agencies across the globe are requesting support and funding so they may provide Africa with food supplies. UNITED SIKHS requests your help to continue the assistance in Africa – Please Donate .
UNITED SIKHS Volunteers serving Langar in Kenya