In an urgent response to the crisis in East Africa, the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal has launched an emergency appeal to raise funds for Christian Aid and Tearfund, who are working with partners in the region to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance. The Bishops’ Appeal is appealing for contributions from parishes and individuals throughout the island of Ireland to help with the disaster relief efforts.
The Rt Revd Patrick Rooke, Chairperson of Bishops’ Appeal, said: ‘Hunger on a massive scale is looming across South Sudan, northern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, as a combination of drought and conflict has left nearly 20 million people without enough food to feed themselves. Kenya and Ethiopia are also on the verge of crisis, with millions in need of humanitarian assistance. Across these countries, people are in critical need of food, water and health support with women and children suffering the most. The United Nations has referred to this as the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, and we cannot stand by and allow the suffering to continue.’
Caption: A mother with her 12-month old daughter who has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. (Photograph courtesy of Andeea Campeanu/Christian Aid).