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£800k raised across Northern Ireland for Africa appeal

By Staff Reporter

Some £800,000 has been raised in Northern Ireland in just two weeks for people facing starvation in east Africa.

The local branch of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) said it was "completely overwhelmed" by the response to its crisis appeal.

The campaign, for people in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment in parts of Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia launched on March 15.

Some 19.5 million people across the region do not have access to a regular supply of safe drinking water, putting them at risk of life-threatening water-borne diseases, and food is increasingly scarce.

DEC member Sharon Sinclair, from the British Red Cross, said: "We cannot thank the Northern Ireland public enough for their generous support, which is helping us provide food, water and medical care to those in terrible need across the parts of east Africa. Every donation makes a huge difference."

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