HORN OF AFRICA APPEAL
Over 20 million children, women and men, nearly three times the population of the island of Ireland, are facing starvation in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. After four failed rainy seasons over the past two years, parts of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are facing the worst drought in 40 years. Harvests continue to fail and nearly 9 million livestock have died. More than 1.5 million people have been forced to abandon their homes, often walking for days in search of food and water.
THE HUMAN FACE OF THIS UNFOLDING TRAGEDY
Ibrahim Yarow (49) and his wife Abshiro Adn Mohammad (35) and their children left their village in Wajid Region of Somalia when the last of their goats died. They walked for 20 days with their nine children, all already weak from a lack of food, until they reached a camp for people who have been displaced, around 70km from their home.
Tragically, in their first week on the road, their two-year-old daughter Feizal, died in their arms.
Ibrahim said, “We had no food or water setting out on our journey. When we came to a town we managed to get a little to eat and drink to allow us continue. But my daughter didn’t make it. She didn’t have enough food. The life left her. We had to bury her on the side of the road and continue the journey. We had to keep moving or we would have all died.”