Youssou Ndour for the Horn of Africa
UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador for the past 20 years traveled to Daadab, the largest refugee camp in the world, where over a thousand famine refugees arrive daily. At the camp, in an interview with the AFP, he commended the efforts of NGOs on site and declared:
“Every time there’s a problem, Westerners are always at the forefront. Where are the Africans? You see them everywhere, but not when there is a crisis at home.”
The forceful statement aims to raise awareness and to trigger widespread mobilization.
Bono, the singer, has also promised his support and together they are preparing large-scale events, “but not like 20 years ago.”
(We all remember the mobilization of artists that accompanied the food crisis in Ethiopia at the time.)
Youssou Ndour, who heads an eponymic foundation and is a member of the Honorary Committee of the Fondation Chirac, is calling on heads of state from around the world, specifically African leaders, to come together and actively search for effective, sustainable solutions to save the hundreds of thousands of children affected by the crisis in the four countries of the Horn of Africa.
The spreading famine is not the only danger of the current crisis; the dire situation also carries the threat of a cholera epidemic. The UNICEF website qualifies the disease as an often deathly illness to which children are the most vulnerable.