Monday, January 4, 2016

Food Insecurity and Famine

Driving down to Langano, my stomach felt sick as we drove past areas that should be green but because of drought are dusty and brown.  

Though our time was amazing, my heart was heavy about people who will run out of food.

Many in these regions are subsistence farmers, meaning they live off of what the land produces. It’s producing nothing. 

It is the worst drought in Ethiopia in 30 years. Do you remember the pictures that slowly came across the ocean of emaciated people, starving children?

BBC Article on drought

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Regions in Ethiopia have had drought conditions and while some areas are in food insecurity, others have started into famine. We passed huts and smiled and waved at kids coming out to meet the cars. My heart squeezes in pain thinking of it. These are people. Mamas who are worried where their babies’ next meal is coming from. Daddy’s who kneel in grief in their empty fields.

It doesn’t have to look like the famine of 1984. Let us mobilize. Pray, Give.

Please join in prayer for people in famine affected areas.  SIM Ethiopia (project 092507-091), is distributing food as well as other care in affected areas. Many other aid agencies have started to distribute in famine afflicted areas.  Famines aren’t solved or over with a couple of dump trucks of food. 

 

3 comments:

emilykate said...

Thanks for the reminder about this and an avenue of giving.

Kristi said...

Thanks for sharing, Amy! We will join the battle.
Love you!

Kristen Hoerr said...

Thanks for making us aware of the real needs. Ugh, imagining not knowing how to feed my baby is like my worst nightmare! :(