The UN is reporting that over 6 million people in Somalia are in need of food assistance. The situation there is so ominous that humanitarian agencies fear that this drought will be as bad as the one in 2011, when 250,000 people died.
Starved and fearful for their family’s survival, hundreds of thousands of people are wandering across the desert in search of refugee camps where they hope to receive even the smallest bite of food or gulp of water.
The greatest number of Somali refugees has come to the border of Ethiopia to an area called the Somali Region. Here, almost 250,000 people – scores of thousands of men, women and children – are seeking to eek out an existence with scant food or water.
This is where ASC’s Emergency Relief Team was recently dispatched to do all that we can to relieve these people’s sufferings.
The team returned reporting that the conditions there are horrific … that the crisis is at a breaking point.
ASC Team Leader: “There are so many starving children. Some are beyond our help. You can see how death has already taken a hold of their souls. You see it in their pitiful skeleton-like bodies. You see it in the hollowness of their glazed eyes.”
This is why ASC exists. This is why you send your financial support: to help alleviate the suffering and death of such children as this.
Because of your care, 1000 drought displaced families each received 116 lbs of food aid. Because of your generosity, thousands of people are able to survive these horrific conditions. Because of your love, there are far fewer children facing imminent death.
A heart felt thank you to each of you for helping ASC bring so much aid to so many suffering families!
Monte E Wilson, President ASC