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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Aid agency raises over £150,000 to fight famine in Southern Africa
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¬†CAFOD supporters have already raised £157,000 for the Southern Africa Appeal. The money will be used to ease the severe food crises in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Angola. Unless urgent action is taken immediately to bring food into theses drought affected areas the region will face famine by the autumn . "The clock is ticking for Southern Africa," said Emergencies Support Officer, James Thornberry, who recently returned from the region. "Food is already running short and unless we act now many millions will soon face starvation. We are confident that our supporters who have proved so generous in the past will come to the aid of the people of Southern Africa." CAFOD is using the money raised to boost existing feeding programmes in the area and set up new food centres with local partners. Figures released last week by the United Nations World Food Programme estimate that seven million people in the region already need food aid. By September that number will grow to 11 million and by December 12.8 million people will need emergency relief food. That figure equates to 1 in 4 of the region's population, with rural areas hit the hardest. The WFP figures do not include Angola where a further 1.4million people are in need of food aid. Last week the United Nations World Food Programme asked national governments for donations. The body hopes to raise 500million US dollars for the region and so far the United Kingdom has donated 28.1million dollars, Canada nearly 1million dollars and the Netherlands 500,000 dollars. However the WFP can only provide up to 67 per cent of the food required in the region and are relying on aid agencies to make up the balance. To donate on-line, visit CAFOD's website through our Links Pages.
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