Food Crisis Hits Horn of Africa

by Mercy Corps
Jul 25, 2011

Dispatches from the Horn of Africa

Photo by Kwislinska for Mercy Corps
Photo by Kwislinska for Mercy Corps

Thank you for your generous donation to help alleviate the intense suffering people in the Horn of Africa are currently experiencing.

Mercy Corps is on the ground providing emergency relief and ramping up efforts for a crisis that may prove to last many, many months.


The Christian Science Monitor today published an opinion piece written by Mercy Corps’ own Joy Portella, who just returned from northeast Kenya where she was assessing the impact of the drought and how Mercy Corps could best use its resources to help those most vulnerable.


The central element of this story is water; everyone is obsessed with finding it. I saw this in the eyes of the herder who’d been walking with his family – including his 10-year-old daughter – for 17 days to find water. I met a young woman with a baby who’d trudged eight hours to collect dirty water at a borehole, and was steeling herself for the grueling return trip. I witnessed a man climb a tree and ever so gently hold down a lone green branch so that his parched, starving camel could gain some strength.

 Read the full article and forward to friends.


CNN also posted an interview with Joy Portella today discussing the “drought widows” and children she met who have walked 17 days to find water in the Horn of Africa.

Watch the full video and forward to friends.


Again, thank you for your donation to help Mercy Corps respond immediately. As this crisis unfolds, please visit our website for more updates and share with friends. 

REUTERS/FEISAL OMAR, courtesy - AlertNet
REUTERS/FEISAL OMAR, courtesy - AlertNet



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