TIGRAY, ETHIOPIA — As hundreds of thousands of people fled to more populated areas of Tigray in Ethiopia last fall, there were many stories of suffering and hunger. Thousands of children and nursing and pregnant mothers were increasingly at risk of malnutrition. Some families were reduced to begging for food, and many simply went days or longer without eating.
For months now, Samaritan’s Purse has been working hard to help in this dire situation, providing ongoing nutrition and feeding relief. In addition to the ready-to-use supplemental food (RUSF) items that they airlifted aboard their DC-8 aircraft earlier this year, they are also providing tens of thousands of families with a month’s worth of wheat, beans, cooking oil, and other staples.
Zachary McClelland, Samaritan’s Purse:
We are in one of our warehouses, where we are stocking commodities to help address food insecurity here in northwestern Tigray in northern Ethiopia. We’re here doing food distributions for hopefully up to 10,000 people. We’re giving them wheat, peas, and cooking oil.
This was already a food-insecure area due to years of drought, locusts, and now with the conflict, it’s even harder for goods and commodities to come through town. So what we’re here to do is try and be the hands and feet of Christ by giving them the needed food to be able to support themselves and their families, and to do it in Jesus’ name. So thank you for your partnership and help in all that we do here.
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Samaritan’s Purse International Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) program is committed to meeting the critical needs of victims of war, poverty, famine, disease, and natural disaster. We stand ready to respond at a moment’s notice whenever and wherever disaster strikes. The DART specializes in providing water, food, shelter, and medical care while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
CONTACT: Melissa Nystrom, [email protected]