Appeal for Africa donations

CHURCH collections for Trocaire’s east Africa emergency appeal will be held in many Catholic Parishes around Northern Ireland on the weekend of July 23 and 24 to raise funds for the 13 million people facing food shortages in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.

Prolonged drought in east Africa has left 13 million people in a food emergency. Malnutrition rates for children under the age of five are as high as 47 per cent in certain regions, while communities in Ethiopia have reported that up to 80 per cent of their animals have already died due to the drought.

“The seriousness of the situation in east Africa cannot be overstated,” said Trocaire’s regional manager in Northern Ireland, Eithne McNulty. “There has not been sufficient rainfall in the region for a full year. For people who rely on animals and crops for their sole source of both income and food, that is a disaster.

“Trocaire has been working with these communities for almost 40 years. We have strong partners in the region and we are well placed to respond to this crisis. Collections will be held at churches in order to allow us get help to those who need it most. We are asking the public to support our emergency appeal to help save lives in east Africa.”

Donations to the appeal can also be made by calling 08009121200, online at www.trocaire.org or people can donate up to £10 by texting TROC22 followed by the amount to 70070.