Drought in East Africa

I’m taking a quick break from blogging about Chile to shed some light on the drought that is destroying the lives of MILLIONS of people in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia.

When I was in Kenya, I was able to see the consequences of the drought firsthand. In the Maasai village that I went to, their water source was almost completely depleted. This was only the beginning, when the drought was first recognized in May. Now, more than two months later, the rains still have not come. This has left millions of people in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia without water to drink, grow food, or give to their animals. In a society where the number of cows you have is everything, I’d imagine that the tribe I visited now has zero. I remember the chief telling us that he had hundreds of cows before the drought and was down to only 35 (in May). He just didn’t have enough water to keep them alive. He told us how his people were already suffering from a lack of water and how much help they needed. I am worried for the people of this tribe now. I know that they are too proud to leave their land to seek a refugee camp where they will be provided food and water. I also know that they are very isolated in the middle of the Rift Valley and therefore it is difficult for aid agencies and the government to help them.

Sam Sturgis has been keeping everybody posted about the drought on Facebook  and when I watched this video ( http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/video/disaster-desert-drought-strikes-somalia-largest-refugee-camp-in-world-politics-14090998 ) that he posted the other day I felt compelled to donate and write about it. Everybody who reads this blog, should watch the video and donate to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the organization that Sam is interning for this summer. It is a great organization that helps refugees and victims of disasters like the famine developing in the Horn of Africa. They are doing so much to provide food and water for the emaciated victims of the drought. When you watch this video please remember that it isn’t just a news story, it is really happening! These are real people (who I have met) and the suffering this video shows is what they have to deal with. Organizations like the IRC and Oxfam cannot provide relief to the people who have been devastated by the drought without donations from us so please be as generous as you can. It will save lives. https://www.rescue.org/donate/drought_africa

 

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Drought in East Africa

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