11 Jul 2011

DEC announces East Africa Crisis Appeal

DEC East Africa Crisis AppealThe Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has launched an urgent appeal to help more than 10 million people in East Africa parts of which are suffering their worst drought in over half a century.

Large areas of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia are affected and the DEC appeal also includes South Sudan.

Caught up in the crisis are thousands of families trekking for days across parched scrubland from Somalia to Kenya – including barefoot children with no food or water.

In a statement DEC chief executive Brendan Gormley said: “Slowly but surely, these people have seen their lives fall apart – crops, livestock and now their homes have been taken by the drought."

“They’ve been left with no alternative but to seek shelter and life-saving help elsewhere. We have a duty to help quickly before the situation spirals out of control.”

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