Poor rains in large parts of East Africa have led to a major famine and food crisis. The lack of rain has resulted in deaths of livestock and failed crops. At least 10 million people are affected, particularly in Somalia, Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. Thousands are displaced searching for food and water.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), "Over 166,000 Somalis have fled the country to seek assistance and refuge in neighbouring countries since the start of the year, with over 100,000 of those fleeing since May”.
SIM Kenya and SIM Ethiopia are responding to the urgent needs in both of their countries. But we need your help and support. All donations made through SIM Canada will be matched dollar for dollar by the Canadian government until September 16, 2011.
Please donate to SIM Canada's Emergency Fund (69995) indicating "East Africa Famine Response”.
For more information please visit the BBC News and CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) websites.
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