Mar 17, 2020

Locusts in East Africa - "There are simply too many"

Johanniter/RACIDA
Johanniter/RACIDA

"The locusts destroy our lives," says Kurfa. The woman lives in a village in northern Kenya, where people are currently experiencing the worst infestation in decades. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has again revised the figures upwards:

In Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania and Southern Sudan alone, more than 20 million people are threatened by acute food insecurity. Eritrea and Djibouti are also affected. No reliable data have been collected there so far.

The locust infestation affects eight countries in the Horn of Africa alone."Day and night we beat the bushes, but the locusts do not leave," Kurfa continues. Especially the younger insects, the so-called nymphs, are difficult to control. "There are simply too many. They come into our houses and attack our food."

Together with its member-organizations, the German alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft supports farmers. In the affected region of Oromia in Ethiopia, for example, many people are dependent on cattle breeding and agriculture, reports HelpAge, one of the member-organizations. Their farms are only just recovering from the extreme drought periods of recent years.

Aktion Deutschland Hilft has been active in the affected countries for many years. Through the member-organizations, the alliance is distributing food, drinking water and seeds. In addition, helpers support the affected farmers in fighting the swarms.

Thank you very much for supporting these relief efforts with your donation.

Dec 16, 2019

A new chance in a lost childhood

Aadil can smile again (Copyright: Islamic Relief)
Aadil can smile again (Copyright: Islamic Relief)

Within eight years, the power of the Syrian civil war has destroyed entire cities and thousands of human lives. It has brought hunger and suffering to the innocent civilian population.

The children, born during this war do not know neither a life in peace, nor the warm feeling of a cosy home. Many of their houses have been destroyed. Families are still fleeing to save their lives. Amongst them is Aadil*. He is ten years old now and has been living in a refugee camp near the Syrian-Turkey border since the day when he lost his family.

Aadil* used to live in Damaskus. When the crisis started, his family moved to a village near Idlib. He was six years old when the war also met Idlib with its full power. The family fled again. The boy remembers his family running across fields at night, trying to get some sleep under olive trees. And he also remembers the explosion of a rocket that killed his mother and his five-year-old brother. It seriously injured himself and changed his live forever.

When he was found, the doctors amputated his leg in order to safe his live. With the help of a prosthesis, Aadil* now slowly returns to normal. He attends fourth grade at school which is based in the camp. Aadil* says proudly: “ I can run and run, I love that so much!” He is happy to be safe, although he lost his family in this terrible war. His future dream is to become a doctor, because he wants to help other people with prosthetic legs.

The alliance organization Islamic Relief supports health facilities in Syria and accompanied Aadil* on his recovery path. Since 2011 the Alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft has been helping people who fled from Syria and neighboring countries. They work together with local partners, as well as international organizations. They bring hope back to people who thought, they would never be happy again.

With your donation, our member organization can provide help to refugees from Syria. Thank you for making this help possible.

*Name changed

Finally able to walk (Copyright: Islamic Relief)
Finally able to walk (Copyright: Islamic Relief)
Dec 16, 2019

Gisma's way of helping others

Copyright: Johanniter/Lambert Coleman
Copyright: Johanniter/Lambert Coleman

Since December 2013, the lives of South Sudanese civilians are extremely threatened by the continuous war. Up to seven million women, men and children do not know how to satisfy their hunger. As a result, from long-lasting starvation, desperation and fear they flee from the place they once called home.

Gisma is one of thousands Sudanese who left her village. Being a mother of four children, she did not see another option for her family in order to survive. Luckily, with their very last strength and without any personal belongings, the family made it to a refugee camp in the city of Wau, where their despair was turned into hope again.

The Johanniter, a member of the German alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft is running a program here to enhance the nutrition status of malnourished children, mothers and pregnant or breastfeeding women, improving hygiene practices and providing basic medical care.

In contrary to many women in the camp Gisma knows about the importance of health, hygiene and nutrition very well.  On a voluntary basis she supports the Johanniter. She passes on her knowledge from mother to mother in order to protect them and their kids from severe illnesses and malnutrition. She also checks the children’s physical conditions with the help of a so-called hunger-bracelet.

However, with her work Gisma does not only give hope to others but it allows her to regain courage herself, as many endangered lives can be saved due to her and her co-workers advice. Until there is finally peace in South Sudan and Gisma can start a more promising life with her family, she will continue to pass on her strength and knowledge to other mothers.

Thank you very much for supporting these relief efforts with your donation.

Copyright: Johanniter/Lambert Coleman
Copyright: Johanniter/Lambert Coleman
 
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