Trócaire in plea to help drought victims

A young family in Africa who are in need of help due to the drought
A young family in Africa who are in need of help due to the drought
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Aid agency Trócaire has urged people in the Lurgan and Craigavon area to help deliver life-saving support this summer to those suffering hunger due to drought.

The worst drought in decades has left approximately ten times the population of the island of Ireland facing hunger. Trócaire has launched an emergency appeal to get relief to people facing hunger in Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Honduras and Guatemala.

Trócaire’s regional manager in NI, Kevin Donnelly, said: “The drought has devastated people’s ability to grow food. Crops have failed across many of the world’s poorest countries, leaving people with no food for the coming months. Malnutrition is on the rise and the UN has warned that the situation will only get worse in the second half of the year.

“People urgently need our help. Trócaire is working with communities in some of the worst affected areas, delivering vital relief to tens of thousands of people.

“People here at home can support our efforts by donating through our website, trocaire.org, or by phoning 0800 912 1200.”

Kevin Donnelly also said that the developed world needs to take climate change more seriously.