Appeal to save 10m Africans from starving

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CHARITIES are appealing for donations to help 10m people who face starvation if nothing is done.

Africans in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia have been hit by the worst drought in 60 years and soaring food costs.

The Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) launched the East Africa Crisis Appeal on Friday to help combat the famine. The DEC is a group of 14 leading UK aid agencies including Oxfam.

So far, people in Berkhamsted have donated £1,700 to their town’s High Street Oxfam stores for the appeal.

Jane Hockings, manager of the Berkhamsted shops, said the drought was “terrible” and that lots of people have asked her how they can help.

She said: “A cash donation to the DEC appeal is the most effective way to help the emergency relief effort - our customers can come into the shops to make a donation and do their bit to help today.”

You can also donate to it by visiting www.dec.org.uk, texting ‘CRISIS’ to 70000 to donate £5, or calling 0370 6060900. Phone the Berkhamsted shops on 01442 864225/874279.