The UN is calling it the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. At current estimates, over 20 million people will be affected. Families, now facing starvation, are being forced to move from their homes as the land they have lived on is no longer suitable to sustain them. Diseases such as cholera are spreading like wildfire, and the lack of food and clean water are wiping out generations of people.
It’s back, and in a big way. I didn’t know how bad things really were until I started digging into the facts and hearing the stories of these men, women and children who are stuck in the middle of disaster. Multiple countries in Eastern Africa are suffering. The UN has officially declared four of these countries – Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia, as countries currently in famine. Other nearby countries are on the brink of finding themselves in a similar situation. Women and children in Somalia walk for weeks seeking food and clean water, all in an effort to just survive. They don’t know where their next meal will come from.
Often associated with drought and climate change, many people don’t realize just how much a famine can devastate lives. The lack of rain makes farmland dry up and livestock die out, and not having clean water and healthy food can lead to disease and starvation. Large groups of suffering people may attempt to move out of an area once they’ve lost everything – seeking help wherever they can find it – only to resort to setting up mangy camps and poor shanty towns in an effort to survive. Besides not having enough food, the diseases which can spread throughout a dirty water supply can kill people even quicker than starvation.
What can you do to help? Head to our website and sign up to volunteer to pack life-sustaining meals for these struggling families at one of our events. Or, find information on how you can host an event of your own!
Click here to make a difference: https://numanainc.com/famine/
Erik Young – Numana Event Leader