Thu 02, Mar 2017
ABM has launched an emergency appeal as the crisis worsens in parts of East Africa due to extreme drought. Our partners, the Episcopal Church of South Sudan & Sudan and the Anglican Church of Kenya are responding to this urgent humanitarian emergency.
Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan (and other countries like Somalia, Ethiopia, Yemen) due to protracted drought in East Africa. The people mostly affected are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the communities where they are hosted. More than 3 million people have been forced to flee their homes and nearly 7.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection as a result of the ongoing conflict.
It is estimated that 4.9 million people are already food insecure with 100,000 of those facing famine conditions. Conflict and insecurity are the main causes which have led to loss of livelihoods and acute malnutrition. Reports state that one in three children in the southern part of Unity State are severely malnourished. Other affected regions in South Sudan include Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Leer, Mayendit, Koch and Panyijiar in former Unity state.
In Kenya, the government has declared the drought a national emergency. ADSE (Anglican Development Services Eastern), the development arm of the Anglican Church in Kenya, are working in Kitui and Makueni counties with the main focus on emergency food provision along with support for resilience building such as water harvesting and seed provision.
According to OCHA’s (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) Kenya Humanitarian Snapshot as of 27 February 2017, 2.7 million are food insecure; 496,420 are refugees; 357, 300 acutely malnourished children (6-59 months); 2.6 million are in need of WASH interventions.
ABM is in contact with the Anglican Alliance with regards to a response by SUDRA (the relief and development arm of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan) for food and other emergency relief aid. Updates will be posted as soon as they are received from our partners.
ABM is urgently seeking to raise $100,000 to provide much needed emergency aid to the many starving and displaced people in South Sudan and Kenya. Your support will be greatly appreciated by our Partners.
EXTERNAL NEWS REPORTS
ACNS: PWRDF pledges emergency relief funding for South Sudan and Kenya http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2017/02/pwrdf-pledges-emergency-relief-funding-for-south-sudan-and-kenya.aspx
BBC: Why are there still famines? http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39039255
Reuters: East Africa food prices reach record levels due to drought - U.N http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKBN15T1Y2
UN ReliefWeb: UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #104, 16 - 28 February 2017 http://reliefweb.int/report/south-sudan/unicef-south-sudan-humanitarian-situation-report-104-16-28-february-2017
ABM APPEAL FLYERS FOR PARISHES AND INDIVIDUALS
Download a .doc (Word) copy of the East Africa Famine Response flyer.
Download a .pdf (Portable Document File) copy of the East Africa Famine Response flyer.
Download a .doc (Word) copy of the East Africa Famine Response media release
(Please don’t forget to write down the Code XC100EX and/or the campaign name East Africa Famine Emergency Appeal and include it with your donation.)
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