Scots encouraged to fight famine by giving to East Africa Crisis Appeal

Scotland is to give £200,000 to help starving families in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

The money is to go to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s East Africa Crisis Appeal to to support those affected by famine in parts of South Sudan, where more than 4.9 million people currently do not have enough food to eat.

As a result of more than three years of conflict and violence millions of people have been forced from their homes.

The desperate situation has been made worse by a severe drought which is also affecting neighbouring countries including Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. It estimated that more than16 million people are now urgently in need of food, water and medical treatment.

“The UN has warned there is an urgent need for humanitarian response to prevent thousands of people dying from starvation,” Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.“The funding we’re donating will help provide emergency food, safe drinking water, life-saving nutritional support and emergency healthcare to those affected.

“The Scottish Government is clear we have a responsibility to be a good global citizen and support those in crisis elsewhere in the world.  I encourage the people of Scotland to also consider supporting the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal in whatever ways they can.”

The DEC – Disasters Emergency Committee – brings together 13 leading UK aid agencies to raise money at times of humanitarian crisis in poorer countries. Donations to the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal can be made at www.dec.org.uk

“The Scottish Government is demonstrating their generosity in supporting people across the world who urgently need humanitarian assistance,” said Neil Mathers, Chair of the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal in Scotland,.

“This donation will bring a real difference to children and young families already suffering from the famine and food crisis in the region.”

The Scottish Government’s International Development Strategy aims to provide support for communities in Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda and Pakistan. An extra £1 million will be allocated for the International Development Fund in 2017-18, taking the fund total to £10 million. A new £1 million per year Humanitarian Emergency Fund will also be set up.