Fighting Famine in East Africa
What can the U.S. do to help?
- Duration 5:04
- Date Jul 22, 2011
What can the U.S. do to help?
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I mean we have been dealing with this situation in the Horn of Africa for decades now this is a cyclical kind of drought situation but it's gotten so much worse over the last several months in Somalia specifically -- -- in this week declared.
A famine for the first time in more than two decades in two parts of the lower central part of Somalia.
This is a very dire situation right now people are dying by the minute and a famine is a very specific criteria.
When it comes to defining a famine we haven't seen -- again for 25 years.
But right now we're dealing with people who are dying desperately need food and desperately need water.
-- -- -- -- How do we go about solving this problem just heart wrenching pictures on the front page of the New York Times this -- -- and other publications across the nation.
Mothers clutching their Davies who who were were dying in their arms because of famine.
What's the solution to this.
The solution is to respond.
As many mentioned over tens of thousands of people.
Have died in the last few months and it's very easy when we see these images to think that this is inevitable.
But it's not as she also mentioned there are two regions in the south where famine has been declared.
If there isn't an immediate response from the international community in this could spread to the entire region.
And so it's important for us for individuals.
And for governments as well to respond generously with humanitarian assistance.
What what other things that the United Nations actually does well is.
To help people in need my wife used to work for the US committee for UNICEF.
Which does great work for kids and so forth.
To talk to us about the organizations.
That are responding and those that need to respond.
Well what we've been doing as an organization world vision -- has been in that area for decades now.
One of the things that we do is specifically target those who are most vulnerable.
So we're talking about the children who right now desperately need our resources they need food they need nutrition supplements they need water.
And even older children who were over the age of five.
Are starting to have to drop out of school to try to support their families and trying to find food and many fairways were seeing fleeing from Somalia.
Trying to go over -- -- Justifying -- sources in -- is now being strapped I'm flying out tomorrow to go to Nairobi and I'll be there for the next six weeks.
Hopefully telling the stories about what is happening there on the ground.
Because so many people need resources.
-- you know the Somalian government Nathaniel -- those who knows he's he's he's -- -- rarely ill equipped to handle this they are lacking motivation.
Somalia has been in the middle of of a violent conflict for decades and that conflict continues between different groups within the country.
The government is obviously involved.
The government is not able to respond to this on its own if we're to save the lives.
We as an international community and especially reason United States need to respond to the government's there simply can't do it on its -- How -- our viewers mean the help world vision through organization which -- in the well two things I would say one is they need to help us continue to put pressure on the international community for us to be able to get.
Assurances of security in Somalia so we can do more -- -- in that territory.
The second thing is financial donations we have set up a text message -- campaign where you can text a ten dollar donation simply off your phone.
By texting for Africa had 20222.
Those funds are like this that are desperately needed in that area for food nutrients and supplements water and even security.
Say it again for Africa.
All right and you guys are a non profit.
So people should understand that -- very noble cause.
On this annual low last words about this from you and we wish you the best of luck in your efforts and thank you for bringing it to our attention that your final thoughts.
It's just that we.
We are acting with a sense of urgency.
And we're hoping that your viewers and others have that sense of urgency as well lives have been lost -- lives can be saved.
And you know Americans have a great history a proud history.
Responding generously to those most in need not only here at home and around the world.
And we hope that people are moved by the -- the images that you're showing by the -- that we've.
Described today and respond and respond generously as they have in the past.
And your website is world vision got to work blue world vision dot work and so people -- -- make a contribution.
And I don't wanna do it of their funding go to your website and get directions as to how exactly you can even call in a donation if you feel -- he's here it's 888.
And again those funds are right now we're appealing for a hundred million dollars worldwide to be able to meet this need.