UPDATE: CRISIS IN THE HORN OF AFRICA
Fighting for food security in the midst of drought & conflict, WFP provides hope for millions.
As you know, a humanitarian crisis developed in the Horn of Africa throughout the latter half of 2011. A severe drought in the region, coupled with regional conflict, reached unprecedented proportions affecting more than 13 million people. Last year, WFP USA asked for your help and you responded.
Today, there is good news and bad news.
Thanks to you, 9.8 million people in the region have been reached with direct food assistance since WFP began emergency operations in July 2011. In some areas, food assistance requirements will be met through local purchases to stimulate local markets while ensuring critical nutritional support. This is happening in Ethiopia, where WFP assessments indicate a decline in the number of Ethiopians in need – from 3.5 million to 2.6 million.
You are making a difference in the Horn of Africa!
While seasonal rains have begun, several consecutive seasons of drought still leave millions of people requiring food assistance until the next harvest. Conflict in Somalia and South Sudan led many to flee their homes in search of safety and the critical support found in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. This influx of refugees places stress on the camps and WFP has committed to continuing food and micronutrient distributions throughout the summer.
At WFP USA, we know that battling hunger requires the participation of individuals, organizations, governments and the private sector. Together, we are building a stronger future for those in crisis.
Thank you for providing hope for children, families and communities in the Horn of Africa!
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