2011-08 Horn of Africa – Drought/Famine
THE MISSION HAS JUST BEGUN – Horn of Africa
NAIROBI – Three members of the Assessment Team (ATeam), Bro. Joseph Niri, MI, Sr. Bernadette, CS and Ms. Anita Ennis (LCF) arrived in Nairobi last August 17. They were welcomed by Fr. James Wanjau, MI and Sr. Catherine, CS. They were sent by the CTF Central to conduct assessment of needs of the Somalian refugees in the Diocese of Garissa, where the biggest refugee camps are situated in the town of Dadaab. August 20, they arrived at Garissa together with Sr. Catherine. They were hosted by Fr. Clement, a clergy member of the diocese who happens to be the brother of Bro. Joseph.
After an initial briefing and meeting with some personalities in charge of the diocesan program, the team proceeded immediately to Dadaab, a place which hosted four (4) big refugee camps: Ifo, Dagahaley, Hagadeiro and Kambios. These camps were under the coordination of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and with the collaboration of the big international organizations such as Norwegian Refugee Council, Medecins Sans Frontier (MSF), etc. All those camps were visited by the ATeam.
by Anita Ennis, LCF.
The famine in the Horn of Africa has affected more than 11.6 million people according to the UN. It is estimated that 1.26 million children in the south of Somalia need immediate care and that 640,000 are gravely malnourished.
The Pope launched an urgent appeal to all people of good will. “Think about all our brothers and sisters who in these days, in the Horn of Africa, are suffering the dramatic consequences of famine that has been aggravated by war and a lack of solid institutions. Christ is concerned with material needs but wants to provide more because man is always hungry for something more: he has need of something greater.”
The Camillians, through the Camillian Task Force, responding to the urgent appeal of the Pope, have decided to send in the next few days a first response team composed of healthcare personnel, in particular a Camillian from the Kenyan Delegation of the Order, a volunteer from the Lay Camillian Family, and a sister from the Ministers of the Sick. The task of this team is to evaluate the needs of the affected population in view of a targeted and significant intervention and to coordinate the first response to the enormous needs.
The Camillians have been in Kenya for almost 30 years. At Wajir, on the border with Somalia, one of the zones where thousands of people that have fled from hunger and a sure death are amassing, the Ministers of the Infirm (Sisters) have for the last several years operated a facility directed at meeting the social and healthcare needs of mothers and children.
At Wajir the Ministers of the Infirm will offer a natural logistical base to support what is already taking place and to plan for a larger intervention in the next few weeks directed at helping the thousands of refugees that are arriving from the areas affected by the famine.
In the USA, to give an immediate one-time gift on-line to our East African famine effort:
Or send a check to:
1039 East Russell Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207
- Make your check payable to: SOS DRS
- On the memo line write: CTF/SOS DRS – Famine in the Horn of Africa
Bank Account of the Camillians – Camillian Task Force
IBAN: IT 54 E0351203200000000011643 – Credito Artigiano, Via S. Pio X, 6/1°- 00193 Roma BIC SWIFT: ARTIITM2
Bank Account of the Ministers of the Infirm (Sisters)
Al servizio della vita, Onlus
IBAN: IT70E0335901600100000006081 – Banca Prossima, filiale di Via Gregorio VII, 00165 Roma
To Support Relief Initiatives in the Horn of Africa