Kristin Davis Visits Horn of Africa to Raise Awareness of Food Crisis

Posted by admin on Jul 12, 2011 in OXFAM | 306 comments

oxfamKristin Davis meets Faduma Hussein Yagoub, a polio sufferer who came with her family to Dadaab. Her husband and two of her five children died en route to the camp. (Photo: Andy Hall/Oxfam).

Sex and the City star Kristin Davis visited the drought-stricken Horn of Africa with Oxfam to help raise awareness of what the UN is calling the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

Devastating drought has hit a wide swath of territory stretching through Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, prompting Oxfam to launch its largest appeal ever for emergency aid to Africa.

The group estimates that they need $80 million immediately to help provide emergency food, clean water and sanitation supplies to 3 million people. Davis visited the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya in her role as an Oxfam ambassador to see the impact of the drought first hand.

“I feel shocked to see what these people have gone through. I met women who have walked for 20 days through the desert, with children dying on the way, only to arrive at a camp where there is hardly any food and water to go around. We must not allow this to happen in this day and age. Anything that you can give will help people who have absolutely nothing,” Davis said.

More details, and ways you can help, after the jump:

According to Oxfam, Dadaab is the world’s largest refugee facility, and with 380,000 residents, it’s already packed at four times its intended capacity. 1,300 people a day continue to arrive each day.

As much as 60 percent of local cattle herds have already died in some areas, and the price of cattle has plummeted while other staple foods, such as cereal, have seen their cost skyrocket.

Reuters and the AP both have more details on the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa.

  • Oxfam says that a $50 donation will supply 200 people with a day’s worth of clean water.
  • The UN Refugee Agency says at $7 donation supplies ready-to-eat therapeutic food for a malnourished child.
  • The World Food Programme is seeking help with feeding 6 million people in the coming months.

 

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