Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, travelled to east Africa with Concern CEO Tom Arnold. There, she saw the devastating effects of the drought firsthand.
Concern has raised over €3 million from the Irish public for the humanitarian catastrophe in east Africa. This outstanding support is enabling us to increase our emergency response. We are now helping over 500,000 people who have been affected by extreme drought and soaring malnutrition rates.
The drought crisis in east Africa is worsening, but we are doing all we can to help the people there. We are now reaching over half a million people affected by the drought in Kenya, Ethiopia, and famine-hit Somalia.
Concern Worldwide is now helping over half a million people affected by the drought in Kenya, Ethiopia, and famine-hit Somalia. We plan to increase the number of people we are helping over the coming months.
Yesterday, I spoke at a conference in Rome, organised at the request of the French government to look at possible measures to address the crisis in the Horn of Africa. At it, I identified three urgent priorities. We need to focus on them, if we are to deal with this terrible humanitarian crisis where millions of lives are at risk.
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