Emergency appeal feeds the hungry
AROUND £170,000 has been raised to help those affected by the famine in East Africa through a World Jewish Relief campaign.
WJR launched a fundraising drive last month in response to reports of draught and malnutrition in Somalia.
Hundreds of thousands of Somalians have fled to a refugee camp over the Kenyan border, but conditions there are terrible. More than 12 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia are said to be at risk of starvation and disease.
There is concern among aid agencies that humanitarian assistance is being prevented from reaching those in need in some parts of Somalia by the al-Shabab Islamist group. But WJR says it is working with Unicef and the Red Cross in Kenya and Ethiopia to ensure aid reaches its targets.
The money raised so far is being used to provide emergency food supplies and sustainable farming kits as part of a longer-term solution for the region.
In addition, the charity is supporting a programme in conjunction with the Kenyan Red Cross which provides schoolchildren with high energy meals.
WJR fundraising director Paul Stein said the community’s response to the crisis appeal had been extremely heartening.