Drought draws Bellamy to Horn
While the drought crisis in East Africa has temporarily faded from the headlines,
its enormous human impact still requires the world's help. UNICEF Executive
Director Carol Bellamy's five-day, five-nation tour seeks to draw renewed
attention to the desperate circumstances facing millions of people across
UNICEF Executive Director Carol
Bellamy speaks with a woman holding her malnourished infant on 15 June in
a UNICEF-assisted supplementary feeding centre in the Ethiopian town of Gode,
500 km south of Addis Ababa, the capital.
The situation for children, the weakest part of the population, is the most
dire. As the drought enters the arid summer they will become even more susceptible
to malnutrition, disease and even death. Massive relief is required. Ms. Bellamy's
trip follows a United Nations funding appeal for more than $378 million to
address the immediate humanitarian needs of 13 million people in the region.
The UNICEF portion of the appeal totals some $30 million for health, nutrition,
water and sanitation, and education.
From 15-20 June Ms. Bellamy visits Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia
and Kenya. Thereafter she stops in London to brief the international press
on the situation of children in the drought-affected region, and share her
observations about what is needed to ensure their survival, health and future.
UNICEF emergency appeal for
the Horn of Africa
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