Emer­gency ap­peal feeds the hun­gry

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community -

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.

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