Faces of the Famine:  Tell Congress to Help Now
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Faces of the Famine: Tell Congress to Help Now

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      International Rescue Committee

One of the worst humanitarian crises in 60 years is unfolding right now as famine  and severe drought ravage Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and the surrounding region in Africa.

Without rainfall, 11.6 million people have been affected by this natural  disaster as water dries up and crops and animals perish. People continue to be uprooted from their homes by drought and hospitals and camps overflow with refugees. The international community cannot ignore this worsening emergency.

Without more attention and financial support, this human tragedy could soon  become a forgotten crisis. The time to speak up is now.

Seven-month-old Mihag is one of 800,000 children at risk of dying. After their cattle  and sheep died, Mihag’s family, like many others, was on the move in search of  water, food and medical help. Weak from the journey and alarmingly underweight,  Mihag needed emergency nourishment and care. Though he is now receiving  medical attention at an International Rescue Committee field hospital, he remains in  critical condition.

Urge the United States Congress to provide emergency funding to help victims of the drought and famine. Ask your legislators to keep this devastating famine from becoming a forgotten crisis.

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    1. Reached 100,000 signatures
    2. UN: Famine Helps Militants, New Refugee Camp Opens

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      Islamic militants in Somalia who deny there's famine and block most aid are enjoying a boon in recruitment by giving people money at a time of rising food prices, United Nations officials said Friday.

    3. Vaccination Campaign Reaches Vulnerable Refugee Children in Kenya

      Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      Peter Biro writes for the International Rescue Committee from the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya where he saw first hand refugees seeking aid in the face of the famine in the horn of Africa. All photos by Peter Biro.
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    4. Reached 20,000 signatures
    5. Somalia famine: Refugees move into Dadaab extension

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      UN refugee agency begins moving thousands of Somalis, fleeing drought and conflict, from the outskirts of the camp into new extension to relieve overcrowding.

    6. Reached 9,000 signatures

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    • Pamela Jones ATLANTA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      stop hunger,no one should die of hunger and thirst.

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    • Jennifer Threatt LOUISVILLE, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      I hate to see children go through hunger. Famine is a choice we are making for our world. It isn't neccesary.

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    • Lanelle Valenzuela WATSONVILLE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Allowing anyone to live this way is a sin!! I see no reason this should happen if we can keep spending on wars,and weapons....please give some of the wealth to save someone now!! Babies and children should have a life beyond five years !!

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    • tara ayres SEATTLE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am praying for all these countries "God please send the rain today" !! Also I am praying for baby Mihag and all the other children affected by this disater!! I have a 7 month old and this just breaks my heart :(

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    • Susan Tolbert LEYDEN, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      The Rich in our country and elsewhere worry about which pair of $5000 of shoes to buy while these innocent children STARVE! WAKE UP, people!

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