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20 Jul 2012 description
report Trócaire

Posted by Justin Kilcullen

I will never forget the shocking scenes I witnessed in east Africa last summer. Mothers, fathers and children left facing days on end with no food, weak from hunger and desperate in the knowledge that it would be months before the rains came.

There was a hopelessness in people’s eyes as they stared out at their barren land and empty animal pens. Drought had deprived them of food, of animals, of income. They were left with nothing.

23 Aug 2011 description
report Trócaire

Massive up-scaling of feeding and health programmes underway

Trocaire will spend €7.5m responding to the east Africa food crisis in 2011, after donations from the Irish public surpassed the €5m mark. With the lives of 12.4 million people in the region in danger, Trocaire will use money from the Irish public to dramatically increase food distribution over the coming weeks as the emergency deepens.

12 Jan 2006 description
report Trócaire

Trócaire has launched a targeted emergency response that will commit some €750,000 to the emerging food crisis in the Horn of Africa: Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO) an estimated 11 million people in the region are on the brink of starvation following severe drought, crop failure and the loss of livestock, which has been triggered by poor rainy seasons in the effected countries over the past year.

Last year in Somalia the rainfall was less than 20 per cent of the annual average.