Humanitarian crisis: the Luxembourg branch of Médecins Sans Frontières is one of several organisations raising much-needed financial aid to help relieve the famine in East Africa.
Drought and civil war have affected an estimated 10 million people in East Africa, according to United Nations reports. Somalia is the worst affected, with the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Somalia stating that nearly half of the Somali population - 3.7 million people - are now in crisis. The BBC reports that more than 166,000 desperate Somalis are estimated to have fled their country to neighbouring Kenya or Ethiopia. Many arrive at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, which, says MS is already the largest in the world. But Kenya and Ethiopia are also facing one of the worst droughts in decades.
The UN humanitarian co-ordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden, has appealed for $300m in aid relief in the next two months to help those affected by the famine. “Our feeding centres operate beyond their original capacity, and compared to last year, receive up to seven times more patients in certain locations weekly,” said Arjan Hehenkamp, MSF general director. “We currently treat more than 3,000 malnourished children inside Somalia.”
MSF does not accept any government funding for its projects in Somalia. All its funding comes from private donors. Donations can be made online at www.msf.lu