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'A Cry for Help': Hunger and Drought Crisis in West Africa

World  (tags: drought, death, children, UNICEF, africa, world, politics, middle-east, Refugees&Relief, UnitedNations, news )

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The U.N. estimates that 15 million people in the region are suffering from food shortages caused by drought and conflict and UNICEF says that nearly 1.5 million children are near starvation.

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Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 5:06 pm
Sadly noted. Thanks for this article.

pam w (139)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 6:15 pm
There are so many's impossible for us to grasp the complexity.

Nancy C (806)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 6:16 pm
I always feel that my donations are too meager until I read statements (from Save the Children) as this: "According to the organization, $39 could help support 10 mothers whose children are in a stabilization clinic and $2.35 could pay for sachets of oral rehydration salts to help treat 100 children suffering from diarrhea."Thanx Cal

Debbie G (306)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 6:32 pm
This is just all wrong. Thanks, Cal.

Hafsa S Abubakar (0)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 2:58 am
Thii is aweful!with all the food wastage we wiitness all over the world it is a pity we cann't give thiis excess to those in need.Let us all come together and help humanity.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 4:08 am
sadly noted

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 10:25 am
Thank you, Cal. Sadly noted.

Lisa N (206)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 12:30 pm
Thank you for posting, I made a donation last night.

. (0)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 2:07 pm
These plans are all well and good. Giving them money to by salts, and to buy food in their markets are all well and good. Articles like these annoy and frustrate me. In addition to the money, GIVE then FOOD, WATER, MEDICAL SUPPLIES . Get them on their feet, then go on with your plan.

Ms Carol Brown (48)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 3:48 pm
Thanks for posting,

RosemaryRannes H (650)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 9:10 pm
Prayers rising for the people of West Africa and the animals. The links to donate are highlighted.
There is so much wealth in our world, an abundance of food and water and technical resources that can be shared.
It all needs to come together for those in countries like West Africa that have no choice when hit with drought conditions. NGO's need to initiate ongoing programs that will assist and provide for medical care, clean drinking water, food and all the needs that the animals require that help to sustain the communities.

RosemaryRannes H (650)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 9:48 pm
I support TPRF & wanted to share this wonderful story with you In Ebagueye, Water Brings Life to the Desert.

Feeling frustrated, giving up .... we all feel like that sometimes. When the 'odds' seem to be against us ... we are overwhelmed ... but the challenge becomes transformed into something not insurmountable but rather attainable. Simple actually when all we really need to do is respond.

Here is a story that illustrates this response and call to action in such an incredible way that has saved and will continue to save thousands of lives in the desert.

An excerpt:

Amman Imman, an NGO whose name means "Water is Life," chose Ebagueye as the site to drill a borehole through solid bedrock to bring clean, clear water up from an aquifer deep below the surface. The project was funded by a collaboration between TPRF and Vibrant Village Foundation (VV), which provides direct assistance to help people in vulnerable communities around the world. VV's founder and president, Ken DeLaski, sits on TPRF's Board of Directors.

The project was completed in mid-February, just before the dry season reached its peak, and its impact on the lives of the Ebagueye community has already been dramatic.

The people not only have clean water to drink and bathe with but they have more time to spend in revenue-generating activities such as the manufacture of leatherwork and jewelry and small-scale agriculture.

The villagers have even begun planting trees.

Freed of the need to spend their days searching for water, children are returning to school.

Already large groups of populations are traveling near and far to utilize the Ebagueye borehole," Amman Imman's Executive Director Ariane Kirtley reports. "Hence, the Ebagueye borehole is providing relief to tens of thousands."


Marianna molnar woods (9)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 11:51 pm
my prayer with them

Ilona a (51)
Monday June 4, 2012, 12:27 pm
noted,thanks for posting
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