In response to the drought and subsequent food crisis in Eastern Africa, Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR JAPAN) will begin emergency relief operations based out of its Nairobi office in Kenya.
The drought in the area is considered as the worst Eastern Africa has seen over the last 60 years, as 11 million people are said to be in dire need of assistance. Especially in Somalia, tens of thousands of people have already died of malnutrition, and 3.7 million people, approximately half the country’s population, are in great risk of death (according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, as of July 23rd 2011).
AAR JAPAN is dispatching Ikuko NATORI (Ms.), Go IGARASHI (Mr.) and Hiromi KAWANO (Ms.) to Kenya at the beginning of August, and they are set to start food distribution and healthcare projects.
AAR JAPAN has been delivering aid and relief in response to various large scale disasters such as the Sumatra Earthquake, the Myanmar Cyclone, the Haiti Earthquake and others. In addition, AAR JAPAN entered the disaster affected areas shortly after the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the Tohoku area of Japan, and has been carrying out relief activities from very early on. AAR JAPAN will use its expertise gained from previous experiences to effectively carry out relief efforts in Eastern Africa.