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?
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.