WJR launches appeal to help food crisis victims
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.”