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August 12, 2011 (San Diego) -- Somali Youth League of San Diego in collaboration with the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA), will be hosting a benefit dinner tonight to help address the urgent humanitarian needs in Southern Somalia, where millions of people are in need of immediate help due to severe drought.


The dinner will be held at the East African Community and Cultural Center located at 4061 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92015 from 7-9 p.m. Cost is $45 at the door, or $40 with advance reservation. Donations are welcome even if you can't attend.

Much of the Horn of Africa is experiencing a severe drought. The United Nations recently declared famine in regions of Southern Somalia and has estimated that 11 million Somalis have been affected by the crisis with approximately 3.7 million of those individuals in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. This current famine is on the heels of one of the worst droughts that the region has experienced in 60 years. According to UNICEF, child malnutrition in Southern Somalia has doubled in a single month (up to 55% in some places) and infant deaths have increased to six per day. Tens of thousands of Somalis, mostly women and children, walk for days to get to refugee camps in hopes of receiving aid.


In view of this enormous tragedy and in an effort to revive the Horn of Africa, the
I am writing to you to extend an invitation to the benefit dinner in hopes that you will be a part of the movement to end the current famine in East Africa. The primary goal of the benefit dinner is to raise funds and the secondary goal is to inform individuals about this critical situation.


If you are interested in attending, do please contact Ifrah Elmit 619-245-5230. If you are unable to attend the dinner or unable to send a representative and would still like to donate, please contact Sainab Warsame at 858-344-5893 or Abdikarim Hussein at 619-384-1148.