Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Somalia suffering from famine: How you can help


Displaced families arrive at a new settlement in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, July 19. The United Nations declared famine in parts of Somalia. (Ismail Taxta - Reuters)
The United Nations officially declared a famine in some parts of southern Somalia Wednesday.

Tens of thousands of people, mostly children, have already died in what is being described by aid agencies as the worst humanitarian crisis there in two decades.

The U.N. alone says it needs $300 million in the next two months to provide adequate aid to the nation.

Here’s who you can help and how:

United Nations

Several U.N. agencies are working together to address the famine, including refu­gee agency UNHCR, which will use donations to buy food and survival kits. The children agency UNICEF is asking for assistance for vaccines, education, and treatment.

Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross and Somali Red Crescent Society will soon open 10 new feeding centers in Somalia and launch a program geared toward malnourished children under five and pregnant or breastfeeding women. You can donate to the Red Cross here.

International Medical Corps

IMC is on the ground in Somalia to provide nutrition programs and deliver health care services. You can donate to the program here or text AFRICA to 80888 to donate $10.

The World Food Programme

The World Food Programme is asking for donations that will go toward food, but the agency also offers alternate ways to help. WFP suggest placing a donation banner on your site or blog, or helping them disseminate public service announcements about the crisis.

Oxfam

Oxfam reminds us that Somalia is also facing an incredible drought, which was the main cause of the famine and is worsening because of successive failed rains. Donations to Oxfam will help the agency bring water supplies to the region and work on long-term resources.

International Rescue Committee

The IRC is also providing water to the region, as well as nutritional programs and medical screenings. You can donate here or start your own campaign to raise money here.

(Via the Christian Science Monitor.)

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