Sunday, 24 July 2011

Famine in Somalia: Message from Sogyal Rinpoche

It is truly shocking to see, once again, that people are dying from starvation in East Africa. My heart goes out to all the women, men and children of the region, and especially to the Somali people who have been hit the hardest.

It seems that half the population of Somalia, including one in ten children, are now at risk of starvation.

The media is reporting that that the current humanitarian response is totally inadequate and that millions more people will die unless the international community immediately sends aid.

In the face of so much terrible suffering, I ask you to please join me in praying for all the people of East Africa and for the humanitarian workers who are trying desperately to help them.  May there be no obstacles whatsoever to their vital work.

Pray also for the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled Somalia and who are dying on their journey and in aid camps because of malnutrition.

Pray that the governments and people around the world give whatever assistance is needed to avert this catastrophe. Please also pray for peace in Somalia. It seems that the decades of war there are the main reason behind this terrible tragedy.

If you would like to know more about the situation in East Africa, or make a donation, you may wish to contact one of these charities working in the region: Red Cross (contact the Red Cross Society in your country), Medecins Sans Frontieres, Disasters Emergency Committee (UK), UN refugee agency, UNHCR, Oxfam International, or Care International.

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