Last week CAFOD, alongside the other member agencies of the DEC (Disasters and Emergencies Committee), has launched an emergency appeal in aid of the current crisis in East Africa, where ten million people are facing a devastating drought.
Very poor rains have led to crop failure, serious food and water shortages and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of animals in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan. With no rain expected until October, the situation can only get worse.
Our aid workers and church partners throughout the region describe the drought as the worst they have ever seen. They have warned that unless urgent help is received, the drought will lead to food shortages on an unprecedented scale.
CAFOD Director Chris Bain said: “The rains and crops have failed, livestock are dying, and tens of thousands of people are walking miles in a hopeless search for food and water. There is nothing on the horizon that will improve that picture, and every likelihood it is going to get much worse.
“That is why we are working urgently alongside our church partners throughout the region, running feeding stations for small children and pregnant mothers, digging wells and earth dams for communities, and distributing drought-resistant seeds to farmers.
“Every donation to CAFOD is having an impact on the front line of this crisis, so the individuals, families, parishes and schools who support this appeal can literally make the difference between life and death for thousands of people over the coming weeks.”
Bishop Peter Kihara, the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marsabit in one of the worst-hit areas of Northern Kenya said: “There is no question that we have a very desperate situation and it is deteriorating rapidly. We urgently call to our brothers and sisters in Britain and across the world to help us in this time of need.”
To donate to the East Africa appeal please click here or call 0500 85 88 85.
For more information on the current situation in East Africa and our response, please visit the Q&A on our website. Please remember the people of East Africa in your prayers. A special prayer is available here. Thank you so much for your support and generosity at this time.