Thursday, May 24, 2007

Crisis appeal for Darfur region

Please help!  plk
Crisis appeal for Darfur region UK charities have launched an emergency appeal to save lives in Darfur, Chad and the Central African Republic.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) says 4.5m people are affected by the conflict in the region while looming rain threatens to bring further misery. DEC head Brendan Gormley said: "We are seeing one of the greatest concentrations of human suffering right now in Darfur and Chad".

The DEC, which represents 13 aid agencies, says the rains bring the risk of conditions such as diarrhoea and malaria which threaten children, pregnant women and the elderly in particular. The DEC said aid agencies also needed to bolster life-saving food and medicines before the rains hit anytime in the next four weeks.

The money raised by the appeal will help provide shelter, clean water, sanitation and emergency food.  It will also help medical teams to provide emergency care and buy items such as water buckets and blankets.  "We have been keeping people alive but access is already severely hampered by conflict and the rains will make it much harder for us to respond if we don't act now.

The DEC said violence in the region was escalating and many villages were "burnt out shells".  The conflict had left two thirds of the population in Darfur dependent on aid, it said.

To donate to the Darfur and Chad Crisis Appeal call 0870 60 60 900 or visit


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