East Africa Famine: Humanitarian Response and Benefit Dinner

Date: 12/06/2011
Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map

East Africa Famine: Humanitarian Response and Benefit Dinner

Sponsored by International Public Service Association and Wagner Student Alliance For Africa

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Event Description:
The Horn of East Africa has experienced several famines over the years, but this summer's drought led to one of the worst famines the region has seen in over 60 years. Some claim that climate change is to blame, while others contend that the militant Al-Shabab group in Somalia exacerbated the problem. Whatever the cause, over 920,000 Somalis fled into neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia and have become residents in various refugee camps. Addressing these refugees' needs, and the needs of Somalis who remained in country, has become a great concern for humanitarian organizations.

In response to the famine, several humanitarian organizations responded with life-saving interventions, including medical care and high-protein food supplements. At this event guests will have the opportunity to learn about these interventions with staff members from the International Rescue Committee, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, and Islamic Relief USA. After the discussion, we invite guests to enjoy a home-cooked Somali meal, courtesy of NYU Wagner student Marian Haji-Mohamed. We will be asking for a dinner donation to support the ongoing efforts of the organizations, so please bring what you can afford to contribute.