Act on this post and save a life

16Aug11

The United Nations is calling it one of the worst humanitarian crises in decades. Almost 11 million people are suffering, a quarter of Somalia’s population is displaced, and an estimated 10,000 people a day are dying of hunger. Scores of others are battling malaria. The pictures are heartbreaking.


Tyler Hicks, The New York Times via NPR

The media have been oddly silent about this developing disaster. But an email from UNICEF caught my attention this morning and spurred me to take action.

I know you’ve seen the pictures from Somalia. It breaks my heart every time I see them. Children 3 and 4 years old with bodies the size of 9 month old babies. They’re too weak to even cry out.

Many ask … How can I help?

It’s simple. Become a monthly donor to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF today and your first monthly gift will be MATCHED $1 for $1. Your gift will be immediately dispatched to wherever the need is greatest.

This is your last chance to take advantage of our $1 for $1 match – we still have $33,710 in matching funds available, but only until midnight tonight!

Your gift couldn’t come at a more crucial moment. The crisis in the Horn of Africa is tapping all available resources. UNICEF is sparing nothing to save starving children in Somalia.

But it’s not just the famished child in Somalia who needs our help. Children in other poor countries are struggling to survive. We cannot neglect these children even as UNICEF launches a massive relief operation in Somalia.

The next several months will challenge us like never before. Can the children UNICEF must reach in the coming months count on you?

Make a monthly gift now and a group of anonymous supporters will MATCH your first month’s gift $1 for $1.

In the face of such a daunting crisis, it’s easy to think that our small contributions won’t matter. But if every one of us at least makes the effort, we may just be able to change the course of history.

I don’t often post pleas like this one … but today I hope you’ll consider making a small gift to help our brothers and sisters in Somalia. Who knows? By acting on this post, you could very well save a life.



4 Responses to “Act on this post and save a life”

  1. I cannot click the “like” button, but I wanted to say thanks for the reminder of the world’s suffering that it is too easy to overlook, thanks for the budge to action in name of humanity.

    • 2 hmunro

      There is so much need in the world that it can sometimes seem overwhelming. But that email from UNICEF today reminded me that even small actions can make a big difference, if only enough people act. Thanks so much for reading!

  2. Thanks for posting this and the links to contribute.
    I feel like this one just crept up on us. It’s heartbreaking to know that so many are suffering and dying. I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like for parents to watch their children die because of hunger.

    • 4 hmunro

      Like you, I can’t look at the photos of those poor children without imagining their parents’ anguish. And I *still* can’t figure out why so few people are aware of this crisis. Heartbreaking.


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