OIC appeals for urgent relief to people of Eastern Africa

IINA – OIC appeals for urgent relief to people of Eastern Africa

The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has made an urgent humanitarian appeal in favor of the people of eastern Africa following persistent rain failures. In a press statement, Prof. Ihsanoglu said “it has been brought to my knowledge that over 14 million people have been suffering from various forms of malnutrition in several Eastern African countries out of which three are Member States of OIC, namely Somalia, Uganda and Djibouti.”

According to UN sources, half of the population of Somalia is faced with acute food shortages due to prolonged instability, rising high food prices world-wide, coupled with long-term prevailing drought. Likewise, Uganda and Djibouti are also facing food deficits due to persistent rain failures which have rendered nearly two million people dependent on international aid in the arid Karamoja.

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