CAFOD, Christian Aid and the other major UK international aid charities launched a joint national appeal for public help today as the emergency in Sudan deepens. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Sudan Emergency Appeal launched today has the support of all the major TV and Radio stations. Thousands of men, women and children have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the violence in Darfur, Sudan and eastern Chad. Money raised by the DEC's 50th appeal is needed to provide emergency aid including shelter, food, clean water and sanitation. It will also provide basic items such as water buckets, blankets and soap. Thousands of refugees are arriving in camps everyday with nothing but what they stand up in. The camps are full to bursting - there are 57,000 people in Kalma Camp, designed to accommodate just 26,000 people. Refugees are sleeping in the open, they are running out of food and drinking water is scarce. While floodwaters from recent rains are washing human and animal waste into water sources raising fears of outbreaks of disease such as cholera and diarrhoea. For people, particularly children, already suffering from malnutrition and dehydration these diseases can kill. Brendan Gormley, the DEC's Chief Executive said: "This is the worst humanitarian crisis facing the world today. We know that the British public, when they know something can be done, are hugely generous and will respond massively to help the suffering Sudanese in this desperate situation." The DEC charities benefiting from the Sudan Emergency are: British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern, Help the Aged, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision. To make a donation or for more about the DEC visit www.dec.org.uk or send a cheque/postal order to made payable to the : DEC Sudan Emergency, PO BOX 999, London EC3.
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