Africa urgent need of help appeal

Posted By on July 5, 2011

The United Nations is appealing for urgent international aid to help 10 million people in the Horn of Africa who are facing severe food shortages following a prolonged drought according to Sky News.

Britain has pledged £38m to help combat hunger in Ethiopia and is urging other nations to follow its lead.

“This situation needs an international response and Britain is calling on the international community to provide the fast, effective relief that Ethiopia needs now in this difficult time,” International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said.

The drought – the worst in 60 years in some areas – has also affected Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda.

The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says rising food prices have left families desperate and increased rates of child malnutrition.

The British aid will help provide food to 1.3 million people in Ethiopia over the next three months, until the next expected harvest.

The funding will also help 329,000 malnourished children and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers receive treatment in the country.

People living in the Horn of Africa are particularly vulnerable to drought as many are subsistence farmers, dependent on their livestock and what they can grow in their fields to survive. […read more]