Scottish Catholic Entity Rallying for Funds to Feed Starving Communities in Ethiopia

Credit: Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF)

A Scottish Catholic charity organization is soliciting funds to support people in need of food in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.

According to the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) partner in Ethiopia, Borema communities in Oromia, the largest region in Ethiopia with a population of  over 40 million people, are battling with the effects of prolonged drought. 

"Please support SCIAF to provide humanitarian assistance to people in Ethiopia," said Dejene Fikre in the Wednesday, July 27 video

Mr. Fikre said the communities in the southern part of Ethiopia "have struggled from three years of consecutive drought." 

He said the people of God are struggling to get food and water.


Mr. Fikre said the official aid and development agency of the Catholic Church in Scotland is providing "the most effective assistance" by targeting the most vulnerable people in the most remote locations of the Oromia region. 

"We're prioritizing women, older people, and malnourished children," he said.

Fikre said one of the ways they are assisting the people of God is through a cash transfer program.

He said the cash transfer program is a "dignified way of assisting so that people choose what they need."

SCIAF has been fundraising to feed the people of God in the country, noting that the country in the horn of Africa is facing its worst drought in recent history. 

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"Rivers have dried up, crops have withered and died, livestock have perished.  Families are trapped in a deadly cycle of poverty," SCIAF says, adding that 20 million people "are on the brink of famine" while at least 4.5 million livestock have died.

"There are severe food and water shortages. The amount of available food has reduced dramatically. Adults, especially mothers, will choose to go without food so that their children can eat," the entity says.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.