SAV­ING CHIL­DREN

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - COMMUNITY -

Ameri­cares is de­liv­er­ing emer­gency med­i­cal aid to So­ma­lia, where a pro­longed drought has pushed the coun­try to the brink of famine. The cri­sis in East Africa is one of the worst hu­man­i­tar­ian emer­gen­cies in decades. Po­lit­i­cal con­flict and a se­vere shortage of rain has pro­pelled the re­gion into a dev­as­tat­ing food cri­sis that’s en­dan­ger­ing the lives of 20 mil­lion peo­ple in four coun­tries. Famine has been de­clared in parts of South Su­dan, and other coun­tries in the re­gion are at risk of famine if the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity does not act quickly. Ameri­cares re­sponse to the cri­sis fo­cuses on treat­ing cholera, a deadly di­ar­rheal dis­ease spread by con­tam­i­nated wa­ter.

PHOTO BY COLIN CROW­LEY/SAVE THE CHIL­DREN

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