I previously made a fundraiser for my friends, Samuel and Emanuel in Ethiopia (i think you can click through the profile to see it). Times were hard for them and we raised money so that they could start a PPE business with a government loan. However, since then the situation in their region has become even worse.
Rumours of imminent ethnic violence led them to flee the region abandoning the mask and hand sanitiser business and for their families that remained a huge swarm of locusts has destroyed their entire harvest. The situation is so bad that Samuel's father took his own life and in the region, many farmers have done the same, it is an annual crop so to have it all destroyed is like losing the entire years food.
You can see here how these desert locusts were at the beginning of the year in Southern Ethiopia
Since then the locusts have moved north and have affected Sam and Emmanual's village which is about 25 miles from Lalibela called Wollo
Sam has sent me some photos from social media he has seen of the destruction nearby to give an understanding of how enormous this calamity has been for the area.
I am trying to raise funds for Sam and his mother, grandmother and a little sister who have lost the father of the household, their major breadwinner. There are three family's from Sam's village who committed suicide in response to this disaster and all the inhabitants are in desperate need.
I asked Sam what of government or international response and this was his response:
"Yes they are doing nothing.
To tell you rhe truth our government has recieved a lot of money from some organaizations and from some country's for preventing the locusts, and for farmers who lost their products in this reason, but directly it will go to the officers, maybe in some place they will gave some flours and some oils which can be for one week or two weeks if not they wouldn't suppport any thing to us."
And so I hope you will feel moved to help, if you can donate or if not but you know something else to suggest please let me know. The mood in the area must be despondent to have lost everything and be compounded by so many suicides in such a small community and so I hope we can help in some small way.
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