Monday, 25 July 2011

Crisis in the Horn of Africa (3) - OCHA Update

UNOCHA have published an updated report on the crisis in East Africa - outlining the remaining financial needs, the number of people affected and the response in the affected regions. Figures suggest the number of people affected has grown by over 800,000 in a week. 

Whilst there are many aspects of this crisis, the emergency response required and the long-term development needed that are not directly related to the work of geoscientists. Geologists are involved in some aspects, as outlined in other posts written on this crisis. Development and humanitarian work need a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach. For example, the hydrogeologist needs to work closely with the refugee specialist, water engineer, health worker and many others when working on new boreholes for the expanding refugee camps. Geology for Global Development will therefore continue to use its resources to raise the profile of this crisis situation 

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