「非洲之角」大旱觸發糧食危機 聯合國兒童基金會極度憂慮當地兒童安危

 

「非洲之角」大旱觸發糧食危機 聯合國兒童基金會極度憂慮當地兒童安危

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A Somali boy waits 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. An updated UNICEF Humanitarian Action Update is being issued to address scaled-up funding needs for the coming three months.奈洛比/紐約/香港,2011年6月29日——旱災、持續衝突和糧食價格急劇上漲,促使「非洲之角」陷入大規模糧食及難民危機,一發不可收拾。聯合國兒童基金會已與當地政府及捐款者迅速作出回應,展開緊急人道援工作,並呼籲各界聯手,拯救數以百萬計正徘佪在死亡及疾病邊緣的兒童和婦女。
「非洲之角」長期受到侵擾,是次大旱災的嚴峻程度更為60年一遇的,上千家庭正面臨前所未見的生存威脅。而在災難中,貧困和脆弱的兒童往往受害最深,目前當地約900萬名急需人道救援的人口當中,就有近200萬名為5歲以下兒童,當務之急是必須盡快解決營養不良的問題。據悉,肯尼亞北部的急性營養不良率已超越25%,圖爾卡納地區的更高達37.4%。
由於數以千計的受災家庭,正由索馬里邊境逃往埃塞俄比亞的Dolo Ado及肯尼亞的達達阿比,兩地的難民營目前都已不勝負荷,獲難民營收容的災民處境仍然非常惡劣。

Somali refugees 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. An updated UNICEF Humanitarian Action Update is being issued to address scaled-up funding needs for the coming three months. 聯合國兒童基金會與當地政府衞生部門、非牟利機構及社區組織將合作,集中 力量拯救中度及嚴重營養不良的兒童。另外,各個救援組織亦都作出了同類型的合作,為流離失所或身處難民營的災民,提供最急切需要的兒童疫苗接種、健康外展 支援、安全食水及衞生改善等服務。然而,由於資金不足,以及部分地區拒絕接受外界援助,令上述救援行動的推展難上加難。

立即行動支持聯合國兒童基金會,幫助處於水深火熱的「非洲之角」災民。(按此前往捐款頁面)