According to the UN, Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought in 30 years, leaving over 10 million people in desperate need of emergency food aid. This is well over double the number of people requiring aid in the fall of 2015. And the situation seems to be worsening by the day.
Just as shocking as this horrible disaster is that it seems to be a well-kept secret, with almost no media coverage this year. People are generous and would gladly help, but most are completely unaware of this terrible human crisis.
The El Niño triggered drought started in mid-2015. It failed to rain in the spring and the ensuing El Niño conditions severely weakened the summer rains that feed most of the country. The UN reports that there is a strong likelihood of a food shortage and nutrition disaster.
It’s critical that they get some rainfall soon, but some believe the current El Niño could be the strongest on record, resulting in more widespread need for the better part of 2016.
One of the hardest-hit areas is Afar, where we have a large number of past and current projects, and where we have developed many wonderful relationships.
Women are lining up at medical posts to have their sick children seen before it’s too late. Many children have already died, and there will surely be many more to follow. Many families have already lost most, or all, of their crops and livestock and are facing imminent starvation.
They have been pleading for our help, and we’re doing everything we can to ease their suffering. We have pulled out all the stops to develop some projects as quickly as possible, and we’re optimistic we can help our friends.
But we can’t do it alone. Please help us by donating to this worthwhile humanitarian cause.