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Unicef East Africa Appeal

Please donate now to help UNICEF's work with children in crisis in East Africa.
East Africa 2011

In 2011, everyday thousands of people die by unnatural/ man-made causes.  While the people in Africa may seen to be the victims of a natural disaster, the fact is that Africa has been colonised by western powers and divided and shared among the "white men" who saw themselves as the masters of the African people and many problems we see today in Africa goes back to these days.

The troubles of Africa go back to The Scramble for Africa, also known as the Race for Africa or Partition of Africa which was a process of invasion, occupation, colonization and annexation of African territory by European powers during the New Imperialism period, between 1881 and World War I in 1914.  The natural flow of human and wild life in Africa was forcibly interrupted by new imperial masters who forced unnatural divisions and borders in Africa.  Farmers were confined to these unnatural boundaries and the life cycle of Africa was broken.

Over the decades, dictators who were supported by the western powers and were the biggest customers of western arms deals bled african people dry. Natural resources (including water, oil) were privatised with little or no benefit for the people of Africa and the natural wealth of African nations were shipped to new masters in the rich world.

The so called Chinese Investment in Africa is about buying vast amount of land for the purpose of groving food for Chinese consumption. This unnatural and profit centered model of food production is unsustainable and will cause further problems for African people.

While Africa is starving in 2011, some of the powerfull nations were busy figting wars and spending billions.

Britain currently has almost 10,000 troops in Afghanistan.
There are about 94,000 US personnel now in Afghanistan compared with 92,000 in Iraq.
A further 74,000 troops from 42 different countries are also fighting in Afghanistan.

As the Telegraph reported,  last financial year, the British government’s budget in Afghanistan was more than £3.7bn, up from about £700m 2006/07. This is on top of the defence budget and aid programmes to Afghanistan and Pakistan, which the Ministry of Defence says is worth more than £1bn over four years.

The US Congress has approved $345 billion so far for the US government’s contribution to the war in Afghanistan. 

Last month US President Barack Obama asked for $33 billion more to help fund 30,000 extra U.S. soldiers being sent to Afghanistan this year.

He also asked Congress for another $2 billion for “beefed-up” foreign aid and civilian operations in Afghanistan this year.

East Africa Appeal

East Africa is currently going through the worst drought the region has seen in 60 years. Nearly two million children under the age of five are at risk of death and disease.

UNICEF urgently requires funds to reach malnourished children in East Africa.  Please donate now to help UNICEF's work with children in crisis in East Africa.

€100 will save 2,000 children battling with dehydration.

€30 can provide a child with a month's supply of Plumpy'Nut - a vitamin-rich peanut paste that has been specially developed to treat acutely malnourished children

What is UNICEF doing
UNICEF is rapidly scaling up its response to the humanitarian crisis in East Africa with support to more than 1.3 million people across the region, providing access to food and nutrition, including therapeutic food to tackle severe malnutrition, clean water and health services.

* In the most affected areas of Ethiopia, UNICEF has distributed food to almost 34,000 severely malnourished children, and ensured access to water and sanitation for over 280,000 people.
* In South Somalia, UNICEF and its partners are also providing basic health care services to nearly 900,000 people, and provided water and sanitation to over a million.
* UNICEF is providing treatment to children suffering malnutrition through provision of Ready- to-Use-Therapeutic Food
* Giving children access to clean water through the repair of pumping stations, digging of boreholes, chlorination of water sources and water trucking
* Providing children with vaccines against measles, polio and other deadly diseases
* Helping children to resume education through temporary learning spaces and school-in-a-box kits
* UNICEF is also scaling up nutrition services to all the affected districts of Kenya.

UNICEF urgently requires funds to reach malnourished children in East Africa. Donate now.
Source: unicef

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