Communion and Solidarity – Famine in Africa

Thursday August 04, 2011

East Africa's drought has led to millions of people across Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia being dependent on food aid, with up to half the population of certain affected areas suffering from serious malnutrition. The failure of adequate rainfall to have hit the region for full year has plunged east Africa into humanitarian crisis.

•    Over 1,000 Somalis are arriving into Ethiopia and Kenya every day;
•    Malnutrition rates among Somali children arriving into Ethiopia or Kenya are as high as 47 per cent;
•    Communities in Ethiopia have reported that 80 per cent of animals have died;
•    Half of the 13 million affected people are children.

East Africa is Trócaire’s main geographic area of work. With a presence in the region dating back almost 40 years, Trócaire is well placed to respond to the current crisis.

Trócaire is funding drought response projects in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, bringing food and water to affected communities. We are also purchasing malnourished animals before they die and redistributing them to areas that still have sufficient grazing. When the next rains arrive in the autumn, we will help those families buy back the animals and re-establish their herds.

Trócaire has been working with these communities for almost 40 years. Our ongoing livelihoods programmes prevented the people there from falling into crisis over recent decades. Such is the severity of the current drought, however, that Trócaire has launched an emergency appeal for the people of east Africa.

Please do what you can by phoning 1850 408 408 (RoI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI), or else by clicking the donation link below.

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