Last year SCIAF marked their 50th anniversary by raising £3.4million through the WEE BOX appeal.
Daily Record travelled to East Africa to meet the real victims of climate change and find out what is being done to alleviate their suffering.
By Paul O’Hare |
Munria Zein Zien had lost all hope as she arrived at the clinic carrying her lifeless son.
Four year-old Adild had already been treated for severe malnutrition in two hospitals without success.
And it seemed certain the 40-mile journey by bus, horse and cart from the district of Halaba to Hosanna, southern Ethiopia, would be his last.
Munria, 32, said: “The child was listless, there was no movement, response or anything.
“His eyes were closed and he couldn’t open his mouth. He was like a dead body.”
When we met two days later frail Adild was sitting on his mum’s knee.
He was back from the brink but only just.
The watery fluid which caused his legs to swell was gone, leaving his skin dry and flaky.
Adild was still too weak to swat away the flies that landed on his eyelids, up to three at a time.
But what struck me most was the sadness etched on his face.
It was truly heartbreaking and I didn’t want to even think how long it had been since he last laughed.
Taza health center, which is run by nuns and funded by SCIAF, is on the frontline of the food crisis.
In the coming months it will be stretched to the limit as staff try to save kids like Adild from an early grave.
The toddler is just one of 20million Ethiopians – almost a quarter of the population – facing chronic food shortages this year.
The government have warned the cost of preventing thousands from starving to death could reach £416million.
Continue reading on Daily Record
- US Pledges $97M to Combat Ethiopia’s Drought
- UN Relief Agencies Issue Call to Action on Ethiopian Drought
- Save the Children Faces Funding Gap for Ethiopian Drought Crisis
- Catholic Agencies Plead for Help as Ethiopian Drought Crisis Worsens
- As Food Emergency Intensifies in Drought-hit Ethiopia, UN Appeals for More Resources