“My name is Legesse Daarsa. I live in Setamo village, in the Dara district. There are eight people in my family - I have six children. Two of them were in school. Now, none are able to go due to the drought – they have to stay at home as we have nothing to eat. My children are seriously affected by the drought. They are getting ill.
“The rain didn’t appear at the right time. Now our crops are being washed away by torrential rain that we did not have previously. We are victims of nature. The government, along with charities such as Plan International, are helping our community by distributing Plumpy-nut, oil and corn flour. However, we need a coordinated effort to help us through this hard time.”
“My name is Tesfaye Wonje. I live in Setamo village, in the Dara district. I have 10 children, but it is becoming impossible for them to attend school. They have little to eat and my heart is in agony. I have 0.125 hectare of land which I used to farm. I would farm corn, teff, sugarcane and banana, but all the crops on my farmland failed to produce any harvest. I am buying food items from market to sustain the lives of my family. The government is helping those hit hard by the drought, but we need more organised support to reach all the affected people.”
Plan International,together with the Ethiopian government and other humanitarian organisations is currently distributing food, aid and water to families affected, but more needs to be done to stop the loss of life. You can help - donate to our Food Appeal today.