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Red Cross pumps up Horn of Africa crisis aid to $2.7 million

The American Red Cross on Wednesday announced an additional $1.7 million contribution toward the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) – The American Red Cross on Wednesday (Aug. 31) announced an additional $1.7 million contribution toward the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa, bringing the total contribution to $2.7 million.

The Red Cross said it made the additional pledge because despite widespread relief efforts in the region, massive humanitarian needs persist, with 12 million people impacted by three years of crippling drought. The new funding will continue to support the work of Red Cross and Red Crescent partners on the ground in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

“In times like this, Red Cross partners are uniquely positioned to leverage our unparalleled access, community presence, and local knowledge to reach those most in need,” said Apu Patel, regional director for Africa for the American Red Cross.

Famine has been declared in five areas in southern Somalia and many refugees are still fleeing to overflowing camps in neighboring countries. The Somali Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has distributed emergency supplies and water to 1 million people throughout the country since October 2010.

With ongoing support from the ICRC, the Somali Red Crescent recently expanded its feeding programs and sent mobile health and nutrition teams into remote areas. They are also distributing seeds, farming tools, irrigation pumps and fishing equipment to help stabilize livelihoods.

The Kenya Red Cross is working to improve access to clean water for those impacted by the drought and famine, along with livestock support, food for school children and health outreach services. In Ethiopia, Red Cross teams are working in some of the hardest-hit areas supporting drought management activities.

In addition to relief efforts, Red Cross and Red Crescent partners are working to restore vital family links amid the crisis.

(For more information, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.)

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