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Turkish Red Cross Launches Aid Campaign For Drought-Hit African Regions

The Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay) charity announced a new campaign Friday for Africa’s south, plagued with dire food shortage and drought. The campaign under the motto, “Extend your hand so humanity will not die,” asks for donations for aid to Madagascar, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia.

The charity said in a statement Friday the drought, which began in 2018, and subsequent food shortage has reached dire levels according to data by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

About 100 million people, including 11 million in Angola, 3 million in Madagascar, 2.4 million in Zimbabwe and 3.3 million people in Malawi are affected by the situation.

“It is of utmost importance to send emergency supplies of basic food, clean water and health care equipment to the region. The large-scale humanitarian crisis displaced 10.8 million people and 20 million people have no access to clean water and sanitation facilities. 26.9 million people are deprived of health care services and 14 million children have no access to education,” the charity said.

The Turkish charity noted that the situation is the “most serious crisis of the past four decades” for the regions.

 U.N., International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the World Bank are also working to overcome the situation.

NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: Daily Sabah | Media Agencies

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