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Africa News


None of the stories reported on the nightly news do enough to capture the true gravity of the drought and famine now impacting Africa. Children and families are suffering there, and the situation is quickly becoming catastrophic! Here are just a sample of news items about the drought and the famine it is producing:

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The New York Times

The famines are coming as a drought sweeps across Africa and several different wars seal off extremely needy areas. United Nations officials say they need a huge infusion of cash to respond. So far, they are not just millions of dollars short, but billions.

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Drought has impacted on education. UNICEF reports that 79,807 children in Somalia are out of school and 175 schools in Ethiopia have closed due to drought.

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The Guardian

Without collective and coordinated global efforts, "people will simply starve to death" and "many more will suffer and die from disease", Stephen O'Brien, the UN under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, told the Security Council in New York.

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UN Dispatch

Right now most of the country is facing Phase 3 crisis levels with some small conflict-prone areas around Baydhabo already in Phase 4 emergency. In many ways, the current situation mirrors that of the 2010-2012 drought that ultimately created a famine throughout the country.

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"There are fifty thousand people on the brink of famine in the region, on a scale from 1 to 5, where 5 is famine, they are already at level 4", FAO director general Graziano da Silva warned.

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"The elders told us this is the worst drought in 50 years," he said. "There is no pasture for livestock and people cannot sell their livestock, because there is no sellable livestock."

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The UN has already officially declared a full-fledged famine in parts of South Sudan and warned that the other three countries will suffer mass death from food and water shortages if "prompt and sustained humanitarian intervention" doesn't happen soon.

Cross International, in partnership with Africa based partners, are sending out urgent calls to assist these communities, suffering in areas of emergency. Together we can equip many families with much needed resources to survive. Let's answer Christ's call to help our brothers and sisters in need. Read more about this project

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