CRISIS IN AFRICA

Announcement

City Island Images wants to reach out and give you a heads up about a special event tomorrow with USAID and the White House.

As you may know, over 13.3 million people are in crisis in the Horn of Africa. To raise awareness, USAID and the Ad Council will launch the FWD campaign. FWD stands for Famine, War, and Drought, the three crises affecting the Horn right now. We’re hoping that you’ll take a look at www.usaid.gov/FWD, read the facts, and simply share them with the people you know so that this tragedy no longer goes overlooked.

Join along tomorrow- Wednesday, October 26th at 12:30 p.m. EDT for a special “Open for Questions” live streamed event with Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator. For one hour he will be taking your questions live from the White House about the famine, the global response to the crisis, and what you can do to help. We will also be releasing special public service announcements on the crisis from some familiar faces.

You can submit your questions now through Facebook and Twitter, and during the live event:

Right now, submit your questions:

· On Facebook, ask a question on the USAID Facebook page or on the White House Facebook page

· On Twitter, send questions to @RajShah or @USAID

Wednesday, October 26th at 12:30 p.m. EDT, we hope you’ll watch and participate:

· Watch live on WhiteHouse.gov/live or USAID.gov

· Ask questions live with the hashtag #AskFWD

See below for additional facts or visit the website for more information.

Despite the magnitude of the crisis in the Horn of Africa, over half (52%) of the general public say that they have not seen or heard anything about the drought and famine occurring in the Eastern Horn of Africa.

FACT: The famine in the Horn of Africa is currently affecting over 13 million people.

FACT: Instability and conflict have forced over 700,000 Somalians to flee their homes for refugee camps hundreds of miles away.

FACT: The Horn of Africa is experiencing its worst drought in over 60 years.

FACT: 1 Somalian child dies every 6 minutes.

FACT: Not enough people are talking about this crisis.