The major famine in Somalia and other parts of the Horn of Africa has become a significant humanitarian crisis. The Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) have declared famine in five areas in Somalia. Although many organizations are working aggressively in the southern regions of Somalia, with access restrictions and difficulties in scaling‐up emergency assistance programs, famine could spread across all regions of the south in the coming four to six weeks.
The number of people in need of assistance has risen to 12.4 million. About 29,000 children have died from the famine, and thousands more are at risk.
An unprecedented number of Somalis are taking huge risks every day, walking hundreds of miles and crossing borders into neighboring countries hoping to reach the safety of refugee camps and feeding centers. The Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya —the world’s largest refugee camp—has exceeded its capacity. The camp, originally built to hold 90,000 refugees, is now holding more than 420,000 refugees.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is responding to this crisis in cooperation with members of ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together). ACT members with experience and partnerships in the area are working to help meet basic humanitarian needs of food, water and sanitation, and medical care for people in the camp and in host communities in both Kenya and Somalia. Special therapeutic feeding and nutrition is being provided to children under the age of five. PDA has provided $200,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing funds towards relief efforts in Somalia and the Horn of Africa.
You can help respond to this critical need by standing in the GAP for affected families.
GIVE. Share your financial blessings. Make a gift online, through your local Presbyterian congregation, or from your cell phone: text PDACARES to 20222.
ACT. Stay informed and share information about the need with others. Use some of the prayers and worship resources found on the Horn of Africa response index to help lift up the need.
PRAY. Our best response is prayer. Please pray for families struggling to survive the harsh conditions of this famine and for those who lost loved ones due to this crisis. Pray for those responding to the disaster, and for those whose lives are linked to both the disaster survivors and the workers who minister to them.