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Emergency Appeal to Fight Starvation in the Horn of Africa

Life for Relief and Development wishes to bring your attention to the worst drought in 60 years to hit the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, and Uganda).  A potential famine is threatening the lives of over 10 million people, who do not have enough food or water to survive.

You only need to read the following quotes gathered from news sources to understand the magnitude of this ongoing disaster:

“The UN children's agency estimates that over two million children are malnourished in the region and about 500,000 of them are in life threatening conditions at this stage.’” AFP, July 8, 2011

“The children look so weak they are not even playing. Some are barely clothed, with no shoes.”A Somali refugee describing new arrivals into the Dadaab Camp in Kenya, IRIN News, July 5, 2011

"The drought has gotten so bad that we have seen camels dying of thirst." An aid worker in Somalia, The Huffington Post on July 7, 2011

Life has already responded by releasing tens of thousands of dollars for emergency response efforts to help a group of 500 homeless Somali families who are on the verge of dying from starvation.  Life has also commissioned the digging of water wells to open up new sources of drinking water.

Much more work needs to be done, and we need your help.

Please consider donating what you can to Life’s Emergency Campaign for the Horn of Africa.  Your donations will be used to provide food, water, baby formula, hygiene supplies, and other essential items to people whose suffering is unimaginably shocking.

DONATE       $100 to provide food for one family (over 5 members)

DONATE        $200 to provide food for two families (over 5 members)

DONATE        $500 to provide food for five families (over 5 members)

DONATE      $4000 to dig a water well in Somalia

DONATE        $500 a share in a water well in Somalia

Choose A Different Amount; Every Dollar Helps

The drought is melting away nearly every aspect of livelihood in rural areas, where people live off of the land.

The lack of water means that neither food crops nor prairie grasses grow.  No food crops means no food for the villagers.  No grass means no food for the cows and goats that are relied on for milk and trade.  No cows or goats mean no milk for children, and no way of making money for families.  And because of the drought, water has become much harder and harder to find.

Your donation, the one we hope you will make right now, will put food in the empty stomach of a starving child or mother and provides water for the thirsty.  Your simple act of kindness and generosity may save someone’s life—and that is no exaggeration! 



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