The drought keeps getting worse all across the greater Horn of Africa. Stephen O’Brien, the UN humanitarian chief, announced that the world is facing the largest threat of famine since 1945, which is only declared when at least 30% of a population is acutely malnourished, and two adults or four children per every 10,000 people are dying each day.
Here are just a few of the stories we’ve heard from our friends who are working across the region. Please join us in praying and financially supporting those in need of relief from this disaster!
Jim Beck — Malindi, Kenya
Please pray for my people in Kenya. News of food shortages at our schools tells us that our reserves of food have been finished. The drought is affecting everything.We had a good crop last year, but are not expecting any new crops until August… if we get the rain. Costs are high, times are hard. I’m not sure what to do when people you love suffer and are oceans away.
I know drought and hunger are rampant and likely are worse in other areas. But when they are faces you know–the sting is even deeper.
Hope Water Drilling Crew — Turkana, Kenya
As we are drilling a well for a community inTurkana this week, we have been interacting a lot with the family that lives right next to where the borehole is being drilled. They are in a tough situation. At least one of their goats is dying every day… this has been saddening to us as we watch helplessly and rush to complete the well for them. The drought has been so severe, and very little help has reached this area so far.
In this picture, the children are eating some wild dry seeds that have very little nutritional value, but fill their stomachs. Sad indeed. Nontheless they wore smiles on their faces and looked optimistic that better days lie ahead. That is the future we are working toward.
Tim Talley — South Sudan
The United Nations in February announced a formal famine declaration in South Sudan. This kind of declaration is rare (only a few have been made in the last 25 years). It is a cry for help and a plea for donors to increase their monetary support. It is also a sign that efforts of aid have catastrophically been a failure.
Indeed, South Sudan is becoming a failed country. Not only rebels but also the government have purposely blocked supplies given for relief and survival. The U.N. projects that more than a million people could die here in this famine.