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January 13, 2003, Baltimore, MD - In a letter to U.S. Bishops, the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Bishop Wilton Gregory, joined Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Chairman and President Bishop Robert Lynch today in calling for prayers and support for the 34 million people throughout Africa affected by a severe food shortage. Absent a massive and immediate response, the crisis could be the worst in Africa since the famine in the mid-1980s.
"The late and erratic rains have severely debilitated the agricultural and pastoral communities throughout Ethiopia. Fortunately, the early warning systems put in place following the 1984-85 famine have helped Catholic Relief Services and other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) transport food into the pipeline in a timely basis, so further disaster can be averted," says Jennifer Lindsey, Catholic Relief Services' Director of Media Relations.
Approximately 8 million people need food in Ethiopia. This number contributes to the estimated 12.8 million people in need throughout the "Horn of Africa", the region encompassing Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan.