Drought in the Horn of Africa
March 23 -- For Immediate Release
TORONTO, March 23 - CBMI' s Executive Director, Dave McComiskey
is calling upon world leaders to help with the worst drought in
decades in the Horn of Africa.
There are 18 million undernourished people and 7.5 million victims
and after six years of drought, crops across East Africa have failed
National governments, local authorities and the United Nations
need to respond in a timely matter as we have the means to stop
people from suffering. United Nations has launched a 500 million
emergency fund; however it is dependent upon the worldwide response
of governments, which, unfortunately, takes too long and costs lives.
"Our people on the ground have called for urgent help as the
situation is at a critical stage and the crisis is on the verge
of becoming a catastrophe," states McComiskey.
The Government of Canada has provided $1.5 million to the World
Food Programme. However many other G8 countries have to step up
and also help the estimated 60-80 million people living with disabilities
and no hope.
"Africa risks yet another dubious distinction of being the
place with the fastest growing number of persons with disabilities
in the world", says McComiskey.
CBMI's crisis teams in Kenya have launched a 3-Step Famine Crisis
Plan to rescue famine-struck families. CBMI is asking for support
to help supply food packs, medicine, water wells, livestock and
When Children are malnourished they are at risk of disease and
CBMI provides medical and rehabilitation services in more 1,000
projects in over 100 developing countries, helping more than 11
million disabled and at risk people every year.
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CBMI National Media & Public Relations Manager
Toll Free: 1-800-567-2264 or (905) 640-6464 x 289
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