AFSC Response to East African Crisis
The people in the Horn of Africa are facing the worst humanitarian situation in the world today. Somalis are fleeing the effects of conflict and famine and arriving – more than 1,200 people per day – in Kenya. AFSC is working to meet the needs of those refugees arriving in the Dadaab camps in Kenya.
In the last few weeks, AFSC has worked with our partner Handicap International to purchase walkers and wheelchairs to assist refugees with physical difficulties. This allows them to better access food, water and other necessary items to survive.
AFSC will provide immediate, short-term assistance, including cash grants, to those identified by AFSC and its partners as the most vulnerable:
- Women with large families and no other support,
- Elderly caring for grandchildren or are sick,
- Orphaned children taking care of siblings,
- Physically disabled or mentally impaired people,
- Other vulnerable marginalized groups.
Many refugees have suffered greatly at the hands of armed groups en route or from having had to leave behind loved ones unable to make the journey to Kenya. These traumas come in addition to the impact of violence experienced in the longstanding conflict in Somalia. AFSC will assist traumatized refugees to heal emotionally and socially by providing them with ‘safe spaces’ to get counseling and heal.
AFSC aims to restore the dignity and hope of recovery for the most vulnerable refugees by improving their physical and psychological situations, so that in time they can integrate better into the community.