Melissa via Crowdrise
August 13, 2011
For the last couple of hours, I have been trying to read through several pieces of information to understand what is going on in what is referred to as the Horn of Africa (made up of Kenya, Ethopia, and Somalia).
For those who have no idea of what is happening there, in all three parts of the Horn of Africa and now even parts of Uganda and other surrounding areas there is a major and deadly drought. In fact, it is considered the worst the region has seen in over 60 years! 10-13 million people are in dire need of food, water, and assistance.
Many of the people, particularly in Somalia are being denied access to food and water by the Shabab Islamist insurgent group, which controls much of southern Somalia which has led to famine in at least 5 regions of southern Somalia.
As a result, Somalis are trying to make it out of the country to Kenya and Ethiopia where there is at least more aid. With a situation like this it almost seems like there is very little we can do to help especially considering that the group controlling much of Somalia is trying to deny Western aid.
But with organizations like CARE, there are some refugee camps like the one in Kenya called Dadaab. Dadaab is the largest refugee camp in the world and it is by about 1,600 daily because of the current conditions in Africa. CARE is providing food, water, and hygiene aid as well as education for children and more in the refugee camp, Dadaab.
Please consider helping CARE's efforts for those suffering more than most of us can even imagine. To learn more about what CARE is doing to help please watch the video on this page (from CARE's website) or go to http://www.care.org/emergency/Horn-of-Africa-food-poverty-crisis-Dadaab-2011/index.asp.
Please join the project, donate, start your own project to help (Another organization that is working at the Dadaab camp is World Food Programme, so if possible that might be a good organization to start a project for as well.), or just get the word out somehow. Thank you!