East Africa Food Crisis: 48 Hour Fundraiser This Weekend To Combat Famine and Drought

Sat, 2011-08-06 07:15Brendan DeMelle
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East Africa Food Crisis: 48 Hour Fundraiser This Weekend To Combat Famine and Drought

Please join DeSmogBlog and a network of environmental organizations, websites, nonprofits, and social media mavens this weekend in a 48-hour fundraiser to benefit the 12 million people fighting to survive the worst drought to impact East Africa in over sixty years. On the weekend of August 6 and 7, this network is hosting a blogathon benefit, East Africa Famine: 48 Hour Fundraiser.

The UN, after declaring famine in two districts in Somalia, last week announced the entire region of southern-Somalia is in danger of slipping into famine.

Please click the image below to donate to Oxfam, which is mobilizing to provide emergency water supplies in the region.
Somalia Drought Relief Fundraiser

Participants in this weekend of action include 350.org, Oxfam International, WiserEarth,  tcktcktck, DeSmogBlog, Daily Kos, MIT Climate CoLab, Climate Change: The Next Generation, BPI Campus, Cool HIVE, MedicMobile, and RedGreenAndBlue.org.

Horn of Africa Drought Facts (combined sources) (courtesy of DailyKos)

• More than 12 million people are affected in Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Sudan and Uganda
• Nearly half of Somalia’s population is facing a humanitarian crisis - almost 3.7 million people
• Over 2 million children under the age of five who are suffering from malnutrition; 480,000 are severely malnourished
UN declares famine in two districts- Bakool and Lower Shabelle -  in southern Somalia; anticipates spread of famine throughout the entire southern Somalia region.
• Women are disproportionally affected by the drought as they are the last to eat when food is limited.
• Aid response nearly $1 billion short of what is needed
• Immunizations have begun in Daab Refugee camp, where medical teams are in serious need of additional supplies.
• Over $1bn has been committed but a further $1bn is still required to save thousands of lives

For more details on this effort, read 12 Million Fight for Survival: East Africa Food Crisis: 48 Hours of Action.

Please help spread the word about this crisis and response effort using suggested Twitter hashtags: #48forEastAfrica #somalia #drought #famine

Visit the campaign on Facebook: Horn of Africa

Watch an Oxfam video of the sever drought conditions in Somalia:

Previous Comments

I just wanted to say thanks for supporting this iniative – what a great idea. I work for Oxfam supporting the emergency response in Ethiopia and I’ve also written my own piece for the event – a personal account going from the first signs through to response.


As someone who’s confronted on a daily basis with the extent of people’s needs and can equally see the difference funding makes, thanks again for your support.


This is a guest post by David Suzuki. 

How long can you go without water? You could probably survive a few weeks without water for cooking. If you stopped washing, the threat to your life might only come from people who can’t stand the smell. But most people won’t live for more than three days without water to drink. It makes sense: our bodies are about 65 per cent water.

According to the United Nations, about 750 million people lack access to safe water — that’s one in nine! One child dies...

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