IMR Visits Kenya
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Posted by: Jessica Censotti
"I'm at a complete loss for words, the situation is just horrific. To see children dying of hunger is unbelievable, we need to do something now." - Dr. Mehr
Dr. Ismail Mehr, IMANA Vice President and Chair of IMANA Medical Relief is in East Africa assessing the crisis in Somalia, where over 12.4 million are affected and hundreds of thousands are dead. 3.7 million people are in immediate need or they will not survive, of which 1.25 million are children.
Dr. Mehr visited UNHCR IFO Refugee Camp, in Dadaab,Kenya first and witnessed the devastation first hand. On the route to the camp, the effects of the drought are apparent everywhere, as the roads are littered with remains of animals that could not escape the drought. Outside of the Dadaab Refugee camp are the fresh graves of the many people who died while waiting to be registered at the camp by the UN. Sadly, most of these are the graves of children, as 29,000 children under the age of 5 have died in the last 90 days. Dr. Mehr says, "I'm at a complete loss for words, the situation is just horrific. To see children dying of hunger is unbelievable we need to do something now". Refugees are walking hundreds of miles from Somalia to receive help in Kenya.
Click HERE for a map of the drought affected areas
Today, Dr. Mehr will be in Mogadishu assessing the crisis in the Somalian capital, which he believes to be worse than the suffering in Dadaad, Kenya, where IMANA Medical Relief will be working on establishing a urgently needed hospital.
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