Mons. Bertin, vescovo nella Somalia che muore di sete

Somali children wait to register for food and other aid in the Dagahaley refugee camp in North Eastern Province, near the Kenya-Somalia border. The camp is among three that comprise the Dadaab camps, located on the outskirts of the town of Dadaab in Garissa District.

In early July 2011, Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are the three Horn of Africa countries most affected by a deepening drought, rising food prices and the persistent conflict in Somalia. More than 10 million people, including in neighbouring Djibouti and Uganda, are now threatened by the worst drought in the region in 60 years. Somalia faces one of the most-severe food security crises in the world as it continues to endure an extended humanitarian emergency, with tens of thousands fleeing into Kenya and Ethiopia. More than 10,000 Somalis a week are now arriving in the Dadaab camps in eastern Kenya, where aid partners struggle to meet the needs of some 360,000 people, in facilities meant for 90,000. An estimated 480,000 severely malnourished children are at risk of dying in drought-affected areas of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti; while a further 1.6 million moderately malnourished children and the wider-affected population are at high risk of disease. In northern Kenya, more than 25 per cent of children suffer from global acute malnutrition  in the Turkana district the rate is at 37.4 per cent, its highest ever. UNICEF, together with Governments, UN, NGO and community partners, is supporting a range of interventions and essential services, especially for the displaced and for refugees, including feeding programmes, immunization campaigns, health outreach, and access to safe water and to improve sanitation. UNICEF is seeking US $31.8 million for the next three months to provide humanitarian assistance for children and women in the four most-affected countries.

Dallo scoppio della guerra civile, della chiesa cattolica è rimasta solo la Caritas. A fianco delle organizzazioni di Usa e Irlanda si studia un aiuto concreto ai 5 milioni che soffrono la fame. Mons. Giorgio Bertin, frate minore padovano di Valsanzibio, vescovo di Gibuti e amministratore apostolico di Mogadiscio, è in prima linea contro la siccità e la carestia nel Corno d’Africa. Secondo l’Unicef, a causa della siccità e della carestia, sono 1,4 milioni i bambini in pericolo di vita tra Somalia, Nigeria, Sud Sudan e Yemen.

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