Millions face hunger in East Africa
First Minister Carwyn Jones has urged people in Wales to support the DEC Cymru (Disasters Emergency Committee) East Africa Appeal, which is seeking to help millions of people facing hunger across the region.
Drought and conflict has left 16 million people on the brink of starvation, and people are already dying in South Sudan and Somalia, while Kenya has declared a national state of emergency, and Ethiopia is experiencing its worst droughts in decades, with cholera outbreaks worsening the situation. Although aid is coming in, much more needs to be done to save lives and to prevent a future catastrophe.
Speaking in support of the appeal, Carwyn Jones said: "The situation in East Africa is a major humanitarian disaster and we need to respond now to save the lives of millions experiencing hunger and, in South Sudan, famine. Just £25 will supply a month's worth of live-saving peanut paste for a malnourished child - so, please, do what you can to make a difference and save a life."
DEC Cymru Chair Kirsty Davies-Warner said: "Now is the time to save lives in East Africa before it is too late. Women, children and older people face the greatest risk of starvation - and more than 800,000 children under five are severely malnourished.
"There are strong links between Wales and east Africa, with Wales having the oldest Somali community in the UK who have made an important contribution to Welsh life."
"DEC member charities are already delivering life-saving assistance in all affected countries However, more financial support is needed urgently to help reduce the scale and severity of the crisis - and to save lives.
To make a donation to the DEC East Africa appeal, visit http://www.dec.org.uk or phone 0370 60 60 610. You can also donate £5 by texting the word ASSIST to 70000.