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It is being called the worst drought in sixty years. Over twelve million people are affected. With little or no rain in two years, regions of Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Ethiopia are under severe drought conditions. Portions of Somalia, especially in the south have been officially declared famine zones, by the United Nations. People are leaving their traditional lands and seeking refuge in cities, villages and refugee camps. The people that we have interviewed this week, in Somalia, have told us sad stories of how all of their animals have died as a result of the drought. One young woman told us how she had lost two of her children, before they were finally able to find help at a small village. Hundreds of thousands of people are now living off the hospitality of relatives, and in many cases, total strangers, as the people of Somalia pull together, to wait out this drought. The problem is that the people who are giving them shelter, food and water, are also in desperate conditions. The cost of all commodities has rapidly increased, in some cases by two and three hundred percent, making it difficult for hosting families to cope.
Tragic disasters happen every year, and our hearts go out to the people who are suffering and grieving the loss of loved ones. This time we have an opportunity to help, before the crisis reaches its most critical stage. This is the slow tsunami. The wave of destruction is slowly building, and will most surely take the lives of many people as it comes crashing down. And yet it is slow enough that we have the opportunity to save lives though our support. The Horn of Africa needs our help right now. ADRA is in the field, responding to the crisis, but they need our help. Please contact ADRA with your gift. Help ADRA save a life, today.