east africa famine
This week, I was in Somalia, and the effects of drought were clear. What should have been green was dry with poor rains offering
When we arrive in the village of Golijano which translates as 'mountain of heaven', we are met with a scene more akin to hell. A makeshift school, now an emergency clinic, is full of weak, lifeless children fighting to survive. Sickness and diarrhoea have ripped through this community at pace.
Even in the nine short months I've worked in the aid sector I've seen horrendously sad and difficult situations in the countries we work in, as well as hearing stories of unbelievable hope and courage in the face of adversity. But nothing could prepare me for visiting South Sudan.
The Hargeisa TB Hospital ©2017 World Vision Travelling to Somalia two weeks ago, I saw first-hand the devastation that drought
Recent newspaper coverage would suggest that British aid is being frittered away; squandered on undeserving countries and wasted. It is right that tough questions should be asked about how Britain gets value for its money, and it is spent in ways which help the poorest most. However, we cannot let all the progress that has been made and the potential that could be achieved be drowned out by claims that aid is ineffective, unnecessary or wasted. Because the bigger picture is that aid works. Aid that costs just a penny in every pound.
This week Save the Children and Oxfam released a damning report about the failure of the international community to heed the warnings of the spreading nutritional crisis in East Africa quickly enough. This "dangerous delay" they say, cost lives.
Thousands of lives and millions of pounds were lost needlessly because of a "dangerous delay" in the response to the East
From the Arab Spring to floods in Thailand and droughts in East Africa, children are often the most vulnerable in society
PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Aid parcels aimed at saving the lives of thousands of malnourished children in Africa have been flown
The United Nations has declared a famine in Somalia as east Africa continues to suffer through its worst drought in 50 years