While news reports are just starting to give a sense of the scope of the disaster unfolding right now in the nations of eastern Africa, the Anglican Alliance for Development is already moving forward with a summit. Leaders from the various regions, Primates of the Anglican Communion and representatives of the U.N. will meet in Nairobi next week.
“The meeting is being organised jointly by the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa and the Anglican Alliance for development, relief and advocacy, through its Africa facilitator, Emmanuel Olatunji.
Short term relief for famine victims, and longer term measures to improve food security will be on the agenda for the meeting which will also receive a briefing on the state of refugees living at Dadaab camp in the east of Kenya. It is also expected to consider ways to highlight the need for government action – both in Africa and beyond – to increase the level of aid going to the refugees, to improve food distribution through the continent and increase food security.
Sally Keeble, Anglican Alliance director, said: “Emmanuel Olatunji has brought together key people for this meeting to find ways to improve the situation for people in the Horn of Africa both now and in the longer term.
We ask for your prayers this weekend for the participants at this meeting – and for the millions across the region who are suffering such acute hardship.””