Saturday, August 13, 2011

Children of Somalia: One Way to Help

Seven-month-old Minhaj (initially reported as Mihag) was one of thousands of children at risk of dying in the wake of the drought and famine in East Africa.

After their cattle and sheep died, Minhaj's family, like many others, was on the move in search of water, food and medical help. Weak from the journey and alarmingly underweight, Minhaj needed emergency nourishment and care. He got it at an International Rescue Committee field hospital. And within a week, the medical staff said he was in stable condition, had gained a pound and was recovering. His mother is jubilant.

At this moment, the IRC is helping many more children and their families at risk as famine and severe drought ravage Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and the surrounding region in Africa. At the IRC-run field hospital and clinics our expert staff is treating over 500 refugees every day.

Your contribution now can help support our emergency response efforts in the regions as well as other programs worldwide that are helping refugees and their families.

Right now, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries including the U.S. providing vital emergency services, health care, protection and education to displaced families in desperate need. Your generosity will help us continue to lead them on the journey from harm to home.


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P.S. To learn more about Minhaj, click here

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