It's very sad don't you think that the News of the World phone hacking scandal, however awful, is eclipsing the horror of famine. This suffering is happening right now, today, in Somalia and we MUST do something to help. Quite frankly bugger the Murdochs, Rebecca Brooks, Andy Coulson and David Cameron - this is what we should be focusing on.
As a food blogger I have pledged my support to Action Against Hunger (ACF International) who are appealing for aid and donations to help ease the humanitarian crisis that is unfolding before our very eyes.
‘Action Against Hunger is the only humanitarian organisation present in Wajid where they are supporting nearly 100,000 people already thanks to the dedication of national staff and the generosity of supporters. As a result of nearly 20 years in the area, they are in a position to scale up nutrition programmes in order to treat more children suffering from life-threating malnutrition in Wajid and the Somali capital, Mogadishu. They are distributing emergency food rations and water for the most vulnerable families. They will also be reinforcing the life-saving programmes in Ethiopia and Kenya and accelerating the set-up of relief programmes in Djibouti.’
The image at the bottom of this post is of boxes of Plumpy nut being unloaded at a project in Wajid, Somalia. Plumpynut is a food paste used to feed malnourished children; it looks and tastes quite like peanut butter and contains lots of fat as well as lots of sugar, protein and micronutrients. The ingredients are peanut paste, vegetable oil, powdered milk, powdered sugar, vitamins, and minerals, combined in a foil pouch. It tastes slightly sweeter than peanut butter and each 92g pack provides 500 kcal or 2.1 MJ. Plumpynut has revolutionised the treatment of malnutrition as the food paste is ready-to-eat and can be distributed to families at home. This means that families with malnourished children no longer have to stay at therapeutic feeding centres in order for their child to be fed. Now malnourished children with no further complications can be treated at home, or indeed in the case of Kenya –in a shelter at the refugee camp.
Present in the region for many years, Action Against Hunger teams on the ground in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti are working round the clock to save the lives of malnourished children and provide families with urgent access to food and water. They are sending cargo planes carrying relief supplies such as high-energy biscuits to prevent children falling into life-threatening severe acute malnutrition and implementing programmes aimed at treating moderate malnutrition. They are implementing food security and livelihood activities aimed at improving access to food for 70,000 people in the Wajid area as well as improving access to water for 7,500 people and livestock. However, the scale of this food crisis is enormous and additional funding is urgently needed to prevent the situation from deteriorating.
Find more info on their website here
How YOU can help
- Donate now here
- Post a cheque to FREEPOST Action Against Hunger, 161-163 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA
- Host a dinner party and ask your guest to make a donation: www.lovefoodgivefood.org
- Organise your own fundraising event to raise money such as a raffle, a dinner, a pub quiz or a talent show
- Ask your local supermarket if you can fundraise there by packing peoples bags and asking for donations
- Do something crazy and get sponsored for it!