From cbc.ca/thenational website, July 14, 2011
There is a crisis of epic proportions in the Horn of Africa. People are starving and the numbers in danger keep rising. According to the CBC report, some 10,000,000 million people are hungry, two million of them children. And for a few dollars, a child can be fed for a week on a single portion of a newly developed nutritional food based on peanut paste.
According the World Food Program, only a few months ago, a Kenyan farmer could buy a bag of corn with the sale of a single goat. Today, that same bag of corn costs him 5 goats. So there is apparently a perfect storm brewing: drought, now one every two years, whereas three decades ago, it was more like one draught every decade, and the governments of Ethopia, Kenya and Somalia are ill-equipped to meet the crisis.
This is also a global security problem because people without food will do anything to get it, and are vulnerable to the seductions of those who would prey on them for ulterior motives.
We are all, every single person reading this, and every single person in every single country in the world, needed to meet this crisis...through a meagre $5 if everyone reading this were to link with one of the aid agencies, many of these starving people would survive.
While the list is not exhaustive, it is at least a beginning for those readers who might be interested in and willing to make a contribution....and also speak to your government representatives... because there is not only a short term crisis, there is also a long-term problem that requires governmental assistance...And there is reason to believe that this is only the beginning of a much longer and a more serious crisis in hunger, and resulting mass deaths from starvation, as food prices rise, and as many, especially in the developed world, "hang back" to use Brian Stewart's words, a veteran reporter from CBC who covered the Ethopian hunger crisis of 1984...and when we hang back, waiting for someone else to step up to the plate, hundreds will die, without our support.
There is no time to wait!
Donate today! Whatever you can!
UN World Food Programme
WFP is targeting the most vulnerable individuals with much-needed food. They aim to reach nearly 6 million people in the coming months.
Canadian Red Cross
Money raised will go to support the work of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in the region, both providing emergency relief and helping people recover their livelihoods.
CARE is improving water harvesting structures such as water pans, shallow wells; supporting livelihoods by implementing cash-for-work programs and cash relief to most vulnerable households in the affected areas.
Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders has worked in the camps at Dadaab for 14 years. They offer medical services in Dagahaley camp, providing a general hospital and five health posts.
Mennonite Central Committee
MCC is committing $1.2 million through Canadian Foodgrains Bank to support two food-for-work programs in Kenya that will have short- and long-term benefits. Kenyans will be paid with cooking oil, maize and beans for their construction of 92 sand dams and 25 wells. In Ethiopia, MCC funds are expected to be used for supplemental food for children under age 5 and lactating or pregnant women.
World Vision Canada
World Vision provides food, clean water, agricultural support, health care, and other vital assistance to children and families in need.