Sunday, August 07, 2011

Famine in the Horn of Africa: How to help

Some aid is getting thru to Somalia. And aid is desperately needed in refugee camps that Somalian people have fled to in other countries.

A malnourished child lies in a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. The United Nations says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished.

A list of charitable organizations fighting famine and drought in the Horn of Africa

updated 7/22/2011 2:28:48 PM ET

More than 11 million people in the Horn of Africa require food assistance due to the region's worst drought in half a century, the United Nations says.

The UN says that famine exists in two regions of southern Somalia, southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle. Across the country, nearly half of the Somali population — 3.7 million people — are now in crisis, of whom an estimated 2.8 million people are in the south.

But parts of Kenya and Ethiopia are also in crisis.

Here are some key organizations that are providing aid in the region.

Text FOOD to UNICEF (864233) to donate $10, enough to feed a child for 10 days or provide 321 sachets of nutrient powder to boost infant survival and development, the aid group says.

International Committee of the Red Cross
Make donations online at or by calling 1-800-811-700.

Doctors Without Borders    Donate here or by calling 1-888-392-0392.

Save the Children Click here for ways to give.

The World Food Programme
Donate $10 by texting the word AID to 27722 or make a donation online

World Vision
Donate online.

The International Rescue Committee Donate online.

Oxfam International Donate online.

AmeriCares Donate online.

Action Against Hunger Donate online or call 877-777-1420.

ActionAid Donate online.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency Donate online.


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