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Emergency appeal for the victims of the famine in the Horn of Africa PDF Print E-mail

28 August 2011: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our hearts go out to the families that are suffering from the famine in the Horn of Africa.  We see their pictures on TV and in our newspapers.  The Jesuit provincial of East Africa and the director of the Jesuit Refugee service have written to us in these words:

A severe famine is threatening the lives of close to 10 milion people in the Horn of Africa.  It is a humanitarian crisis of catastrophic proportion.  The famine has triggered a mass movement of people in the region, especially from Somalia to Kenya and Ethiopia.  Years of conflict and sporadic droughts have displaced nearly two million Somalis and the figures are rising quickly.  By 20 July this year more than 120000 Somalis had fled into Kenya and Ethiopia.  This month as many as 3000 have been arriving daily into the two countries.  Some 11 million people are believed to have been affected by the worst drought in over half a century.  If action is not taken immediately, famine will spread to the rest of southern Somalia.

Source: Urgent appeal for famine victims - Jesuit Mission

Your help is needed now

Jesuit Mission is appealing for support of the work of Jesuits in East Africa in doing something in the face of this catastrophe.  The value of such an appeal is that every dollar collected goes to the people in need.  Your donations are tax deductible - to receive a receipt for tax purposes, please provide your name and address on the forms provided in our parish churches at all Masses on Saturday 03 and Sunday 04 September 2011.  Thank you.