In a statement regarding the drought facing the Horn of Africa and the deluge of Somalian refugees pouring into Kenyan refugee camps, World Food Programme Executive Director Josette Sheeran stated, " The number of malnourished children receiving supplementary or therapeutic feeding in the camps has already tripled in 2011–a clear sign of the seriousness of the problem and the need for swift international action across the whole region."
There are a number of things you can do right now to help these people, as far off as they seem.
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