Oxfam and Save the Children Ask for $144 Million for East Africa Drought
By Sarah McGregor and Eric Ombok – Jul 5, 2011 10:21 AM GMT+0300
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The British charities Oxfam and Save the Children appealed for 90 million pounds ($144 million) in emergency aid for the drought-hit East African nations of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.
Two straight seasons of poor rains prompted Oxfam to make a record African aid appeal, seeking 50 million pounds to give 3 million people water, food and sanitation, the London-based charity said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.
Save the Children said that shortages of food have left some children surviving on one meal of porridge a day, and appealed for 40 million pounds to ramp up its response to the worst drought in the region in 60 years, according to an e- mailed statement today.
More than 9 million people in Kenya and Somalia, half of them children, don’t have enough food or water, Save the Children said. The level of malnourishment is as high as 30 percent in parts of Somalia, “making East Africa one of the hungriest places on earth,” the agency said.
“This is the worst food crisis of the 21st century and we are seriously concerned that large numbers of lives could soon be lost,” said Jane Cocking, Oxfam’s humanitarian director, according to the statement.
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