Twelve years on from starting the charity I have never been more worried about the children in Darfur than now. Despite the generosity of our supporters the news is worse now than when we first reported that children were dying in the villages of Darfur from starvation. The price of goats has shot up to £60 ($92). When we first posted this project in April we were paying only £28 ($ 43) for a goat. Goats should be at their lowest price now becauseas people sell them to feed their children. There is nothing growing to eat until the next harvest which is still several months away. That the prices are at their highest so far is shocking and means there will be worse news to come.
In the wake of the creation of South Sudan, the absence of aid workers from the large agencies in Darfur, and disasters elsewhere in the world, Darfur has been left as a forgotten region. Violence has been worsening by the month, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their villages since January. Our remit has always been to help families to stay in their homes and to give them a chance of a better future. Mothers are once again facing the prospect of not being able to feed their children so our help becomes more vital than ever as more and more families run out of seed. We are calling for seed for people to plant so they have food for next year, and goats so the children have urgently needed milk - and if the crop is not successful enough to provide food for the year, the small livelihood goats milk, yoghourt and cheese will provide, will save the children from starvation.
Thankfully there is positive news as well. In some areas the rain has started to fall again and it is time for planting, for those who have seed. Thank you to all of you who have already donated for seed, and for goats, but weneed more. We will be delivering seed to Hilat Ibrahim and Um Ga’al next week, but four more villages are waiting for our help. Without seed they will have no food for next year. Without goats their children will have no protein. Your help has never meant more.”
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