At Christians on the Left we feel it is important to share wider news items and articles that help us to keep looking outwards and informed about what is happening in the world. Our friends at ‘All We Can’ have sent us a very timely article highlighting the East Africa food crisis.
A critical point in history: East Africa food crisis
By Laura Cook, Communications Manager for All We Can.
“I don’t have food. Maybe tomorrow I will die. Only God knows.” – Amir, South Sudan.
18 year-old Amir cultivated her small plot of land, but the crops were destroyed by a flood and she had no other form of income. She came to a health clinic run by All We Can’s humanitarian aid partner in Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan, with her severely malnourished baby daughter Achol. Achol is one of the fortunate ones, she reached help in time. She was treated with Plumpy’Nut, a nutrient-rich peanut-based paste that helped her gain weight and receive enough nutrients to survive.
Many thousands more, just like Achol, are literally starving to death because of the lack of access to food. Critical levels of malnutrition and a severe malaria outbreak are putting thousands of lives in jeopardy. Babies, children under the age of five and pregnant and breast-feeding mothers are most at risk.