Friday, July 22, 2011

Devastating Famine in Somalia

The “F” word is not one taken lightly by the U.N. But on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, the United Nations officially declared two regions in southern Somalia as being in the midst of a famine after months of a horrible drought in East Africa. In order for the U.N. to declare famine, two adults or four children out of every 10,000 people must be dying of hunger each day.

The short clip below opens a small window into the devastating hardship in Somalia as David Orr, a World Food Program employee, provides a firsthand account of the suffering families are enduring. Everyday 1,000 refugees are arriving in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp in Kenya, where the WFP is working to provide exhausted and hungry people with life saving meals.

Click here to help support the WFP’s mission and the 3.5 million people who have been affected across the country.


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