€68,000 raised for “Humanitarian Catastrophe”

The people of Donegal have successfully raised over €68,000 for Concern for “Humanitarian Catastrophe” in the Horn Of Africa.

The people of Donegal have successfully raised over €68,000 for Concern for “Humanitarian Catastrophe” in the Horn Of Africa.

Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest humanitarian agency, today announced it has raised over €68,000 from the people of Donegal for its emergency work in the Horn of Africa. Paul O’Brien, Overseas Director with the agency thanked people for their support stating “the people of Ireland have once again been magnificent in responding to this emergency. These funds have allowed us to reach over half a million people with basic supplies including food, water and cash.”

“Magnificent” public support enabling scaled-up emergency response as agency is now helping over 500,000 people affected by extreme drought and soaring malnutrition rates, they claim.

However, the recent UN announcement that three new areas in Somalia are facing famine – the Middle Shabelle region, the Afgooye corridor settlements and parts of Mogadishu - Mr O’Brien warned that the situation is still dire and stated that “the needs of this humanitarian catastrophe are far from being met.” The situation will continue to get worse before it gets better.

“Over 3.7 million people in Somalia – that’s half the population – urgently need life-saving assistance,” continues Mr O’Brien. “In some areas the rate of malnutrition is over a staggering 50%, the situation is desperate,” he says.

Concern has been working in both Shabelle and Mogadishu for the last 25 years. Local markets are operating in these areas and the agency is distributing food vouchers to families. Each voucher is worth €50 and enables people to buy enough food for a month from local shorekeepers. This support is vital for people and “it is imperative that this continue at least until the end of the year,” warns Mr O’Brien.

Other countries in the region are also in dire need of assistance.

“We cannot thank the people of Donegal enough for their support to date,” concludes Mr O’Brien, “the support that we have received has enabled us to scale up our responses.