In response to the ongoing drought threatening as many as 12 million people in eastern Africa, Convoy of Hope has distributed more than 9,000 meals from our warehouse in Kenya.
In Somalia, drought conditions combined with civil conflict have caused severe famine. USAID estimates more than 29,000 children under five have died in the last 90 days in southern Somalia. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis are pouring over the borders into neighboring countries seeking relief and straining already scarce resources in those countries.
“We’ve heard of families traveling 100 miles through the desert to get to water and food,” says Bryan Burr, Convoy of Hope’s field director in Kenya. “Some parents have had to bury their children along the way because the grueling trek was too much for their starving bodies.”
Wells dug by Convoy of Hope’s partners are pumping 24 hours a day in northeast Kenya, but it is not enough to keep up with demand. Some of the water from these wells is being trucked more than 40 kilometers away into Somalia.
In the coming days, Burr and his team will travel to villages and refugee camps in northeast Kenya to provide further assistance to people at risk of starvation.