WJR launches ap­peal to help food cri­sis vic­tims

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WORLD JEWISH Re­lief has launched an emer­gency ap­peal to as­sist those af­fected by a mount­ing food cri­sis in the Sa­he­lian coun­tries of West Africa.

An es­ti­mated 12 mil­lion peo­ple, in­clud­ing one mil­lion chil­dren, across large swathes of the re­gion, are in need of sup­port.

Their plight is at­trib­ut­able to fac­tors in­clud­ing drought-re­duced crop yields, high food prices and dis­place­ment due to re­gional con­flict.

The sit­u­a­tion is ex­pected to peak in sever­ity in Au­gust or Septem­ber as food re­serves from pre­vi­ous har­vests run out.

WJR will work with trusted lo­cal part­ners to meet com­mu­ni­ties’ short and longer term needs. As well as pro­vid­ing food re­lief to vul­ner­a­ble groups, there will be ef­forts to help peo­ple over­come fu­ture food crises.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul An­ti­coni said: “In keep­ing with the Jewish im­per­a­tive of tikkun olam, we are once again call­ing on our gen­er­ous com­mu­nity to help us as­sist peo­ple in des­per­ate need.

“So­phis­ti­cated early warn­ing sys­tems are in place across Africa and we are al­ready see­ing se­vere mal­nu­tri­tion in many regions. We must learn lessons from the past of not act­ing in time.”

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