Chris­tian Aid Scot­land launch emer­gency ap­peal for Malawi

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CHRIS­TIAN Aid Scot­land has launched an emer­gency ap­peal to help sup­port com­mu­ni­ties in Malawi through a dev­as­tat­ing drought that has left 6.5 mil­lion peo­ple – around a third of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion – with­out ac­cess to enough food.

Min­is­ter for In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment and Europe Dr Alas­dair Al­lan MSP said: ‘ Wors­en­ing food short­ages in Malawi caused by a se­vere drought mean 6.5 mil­lion peo­ple are now not ex­pected to be able to meet their food needs in the com­ing months.

‘As part of our on- go­ing role in ad­dress­ing global chal­lenges, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to as­sist­ing the peo­ple of Malawi in this time of need.

‘ We will match fund, up to £ 70,000, every pound raised by Chris­tian Aid’s pub­lic ap­peal un­til Oc­to­ber 31.

‘ I would en­cour­age peo­ple the length and breadth of Scot­land to con­sider sup­port­ing fundrais­ing ef­forts to as­sist Malawi at this crit­i­cal time.’

To do­nate to the ap­peal, visit www.chris­tianaid.org. uk/emer­gen­cies/ malawi-food- cri­sis.

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