Three men assist a cow to stand up. Due to the shortage of pasture, most cattle in Borana are very weak and cannot stand alone. Photo credits: 2011 Gemechu Dida/CARE
Help CARE respond to the famine in East Africa
“What I saw in Africa is the worst I’ve ever seen…”
For 19 years, I’ve worked in international development, and I’ve seen some shocking sights. But what I witnessed two weeks ago in the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya and in Ethiopia was the worst I’ve ever seen. We must do more to help.
I met a mother and father who had walked for 20 days across Somalia and into Kenya. They had nothing to eat and it was all they could do to keep their children alive and on the move. Can you imagine?
You’ve heard on the news that 12 million people are at risk of starvation in parched areas of Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti. Tens of thousands of people already are dead from causes related to malnutrition – and there is not end to the drought in sight.
At the camps, CARE staff told me that up to 1,500 refugees are arriving every day. The saddest thing is that 80 percent of the new arrivals are children. Many of them are so weak and malnourished that they can barely move. Others are traumatized by the death of a family member. We’re doing the best we can to help these children and their families survive and get the care they so desperately need.
Please make a donation today to support CARE’s lifesaving and life-changing work with people in need around the world, including those facing famine and hunger in the Horn of Africa.
Your gift can help save lives – and help empower people around the world so that they can lift themselves, their families and whole communities out of poverty and hunger for good. I’ve seen firsthand how your donations are making a difference. Please give generously today. Lives are hanging in the balance.
Executive Director, Foundations Unit