Dutch fund for African drought tops 7 million

22nd July 2011, Comments 0 comments

The union of Dutch charities SHO says its emergency appeal for money to help deal with the drought in the Horn of Africa has topped the seven million-euro mark. Just two days ago, there was slightly more than five million euros in the fund.

The appeal was launched on 11 July and, shortly afterwards, local campaigns were started all over the Netherlands to raise money for the cause. Today, the SHO is collaborating with Radio 2 to collect money from people travelling through Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.

The United Nations has officially described the situation in two regions in southern Somalia as famine. The UN rarely uses the emotionally charged word to describe an emergency situation.

The Horn of Africa is witnessing its worst drought for 60 years. Over 10 million people have been hit by the tragedy.

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