The intensifying drought in East Africa has hit children worst. Thousands of children have died from malnourishment and epidemic diseases. It is feared that more children might die unless necessary aid is delivered urgently.
As in any crisis situation, famine in East Africa is affecting children and unprotected orphans most. The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation had been caring for 600 Somali orphans since 2005. The foundation, however, stepped up relief works directed at orphans as drought intensified in East Africa and included another 400 Somali orphans in care program over the last three weeks. In total 1000 Somali orphans will be financed by sponsor families from Turkey through the IHH.
Food, shelter and clothing needs of the 1000 orphans will be met by the IHH with the Sponsor Family System it launched several years ago. However, thousands of orphans in East Africa are waiting to be saved. Concerned Turkish citizens can care for a Somali orphan with a monthly donation of 70 Turkish liras.
East Africa Emergency Relief Works
IHH carries on aid distributions in southern areas
Meanwhile, the emergency aid teams of the IHH are continuing aid distributions in inaccessible southern regions of Somalia. Relief materials are being extended to famine-stricken people in Bakool, Shabelle, Middle Shabelle, Baidoa and Hiran regions.