East Africa Famine
The countries in East Africa have seen the worst drought of the past 60 years. Their crops have withered and livestock killed, now millions of people are facing food shortages with little hope in sight for relief. With over 12 million people affected by these severe droughts, many aid agencies are desperately seeking help.
Just recently, UN airlifts have been allowed to arrive in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu with relief. Somalia has been the hardest hit from the drought due to military conflicts not allowing food and supplies to reach the people. Somali refuges are flooding across the borders into Kenya and Ethiopia, where the camps have become so over crowded that unsanitary conditions are leading to severe malnutrition and death.
According to Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) Valerie Amos, the need in East Africa is expected to last at least three to four months, and the number of people needing humanitarian assistance could increase by as much as 25 per cent. The UN has announced that if the response of aid does not increase quickly, then the famine could spread further south in Somalia. (Click here to view the Humanitarian Snapshot of the Horn of Africa from OCHA)
Save the Children has released the Bob Marley track High Tide or Low Tide for sale on iTunes with the funds received going to the aid in East Africa. I have added new products to the Aid section of the Yesteeyear store with a Horn of Africa design. All proceeds from the initial sales of these products will go directly to the Red Cross to help in the relief efforts. More designs to be added soon. Please think about ways how you can help the children in East Africa.