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We have pledged half a million pounds to save lives as drought takes a hold in many parts of East Africa - but our appeal urgently needs to raise one million pounds , so our partners working on the front line can reach the most vulnerable families in the worst affected areas
In Kenya up to 3.8 million people face chronic food and water shortages following three consecutive years of failed rains. Throughout large parts of the country, families face the prospect of starvation as the persistent drought claims crops and animals.
We have launched a =A31 million pound appeal as up to 3.8 million people face chronic food and water shortages in Kenya following three consecutive years of failed rains.
Throughout large parts of the country, families face the prospect of starvation as the persistent drought claims crops and animals.
Our partners report that people are barely surviving as herds of animals die from exhaustion and thirst.
CAFOD spent =A3413,000 in Eritrea in 2003-04
Caritas International has launched a =A31.4 million appeal for drought relief for Eritrea. The appeal will help Eritrea's people cope with the effects of the ongoing drought and the lingering hardships from the conflict in 2000 with neighbouring Ethiopia.
The Catholic aid agency CAFOD fears that Ethiopia and Eritrea could be running out of time to save millions from the effects of a severe food crisis. Today the US government's Famine Early Warning System said that food in the region could run out within a month. Up to 11 million people in Ethiopia and two million in Eritrea face hunger after one of the worst ever droughts.
Following a disastrous harvest, an estimated two million people in Eritrea - more than half the population - will need food aid in the next few months.
Ethiopia and Eritrea are facing severe food shortages that could affect over 15 million people across the two countries.
CAFOD has responded to emergency needs in the Horn of Africa this year with grants totalling over £500,000 and numerous assessment and monitoring visits both by Programme staff and the Emergency Support Section.
CAFOD says hundreds of thousands of Eritreans are desperately in need of emergency aid. Ethiopia and Eritrea have been engaged in a full-blown and bloody war. A new offensive by Ethiopia has seen it occupy large swaths of Eritrean Land.