UN seeks support for Africa’s famine victims

November 7, 2011 | By | Filed Under News 

Kaieteur News’ Publisher Glen Lall has pledged financial support to assisting the millions of famine stricken people of Southern Africa. This is in response to an appeal by the United Nations as part of its anniversary.
According to a release from the local UN office, the organization celebrated 66 years of its founding on October 24th last and to mark the occasion this year, the UN system in Guyana is conducting a solidarity fund raising drive in aid of the victims of the famine in the Horn of Africa Region.
More than 13 million people in the Horn of Africa region are in desperate need of food assistance, with countless lives hanging in the balance.
Over four million people – or more than half of the country’s population in southern Somalia alone are in need of food relief due to drought, conflict and high food prices.
Towards this end, the United Nations System in Guyana is seeking partnership support of local entities for the promotion of the ‘Horn of Africa Drive’.
The drive is being conducted during the period 24 October 2011 to 15 November 2011.
Cash and cheque donations could be made to UNDP’s office at 42 Brickdam and United Nations Place, Georgetown, between 09:00 hrs and 16:30 hrs, Mondays through Thursdays, and on Fridays between 09:00 hrs and 14:00 hrs.
Funds raised during the solidarity fund raising drive will be transferred to the United Nations World Food Programme and UNICEF to expand emergency relief operations.
According to another international donor website puts it that US$50 can feed 40 children for one week, while US$100 can feed two nursing mothers for a month.
USAID estimates more than 29,000 children under five years-old have died in the last 90 days in southern Somalia.
Hundreds of thousands of Somalis are pouring over the borders into neighbouring countries seeking relief and straining already scarce resources in those countries.
“We’ve heard of families travelling 100 miles through the desert to get to water and food,” says Bryan Burr, Convoy of Hope’s field director in Kenya. “Some parents have had to bury their children along the way because the grueling trek was too much for their starving bodies.”

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