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CARITAS AUSTRALIA HAS applauded a
decision by the Federal Government
to match funds raised for the East Africa
Crisis by aid and development agencies.
Drought has ravaged the region, leaving
more than 13 million people in danger, and
there is a dramatic shortfall in the funds
needed to alleviate this suffering.
"Australians have been generous throughout
this crisis, but unfortunately the scale of
this disaster means a great deal more
funds are needed," Caritas Australia CEO
Jack de Groot said.
"We hope that this decision by AusAID will
see a marked increase in funds raised for
the crisis," Mr de Groot said.
AusAID announced the Dollar-for-Dollar
initiative on 5 October and it will remain in
effect until 30 November.
Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd
announced that AusAID, the Australian
Government's overseas aid program, has
allocated funds for the East Africa Food
Crisis under the Dollar-for-Dollar initiative.
Mr Rudd's Dollar-for-Dollar initiative means
AusAID will match dollar for dollar public
donations specifically for humanitarian
emergency and early recovery activities
in East Africa. So, with the Australian
public's help Caritas can donate twice
as much to the people of East Africa.
Millions of people in Somalia, Ethiopia,
Kenya and Djibouti are affected. Adequate
rains are not expected to ease the situation
until at least February. At present:
•In Somalia 750,000 people are at risk
of starvation and 1.3 million children are
•Unprecedented numbers of
people are fleeing their homes for
•The situation is being made worse by life-
threatening cholera and measles outbreaks
in the region.
To date the Caritas network has contributed
•In Kenya 79,000 people have received
food, access to safe water has been
improved for 5,000 people and 15,000
livestock, and 17,000 farmers are receiving
•In Somalia food has been distributed to
43,115 people and 80,800 people have
access to clean water.
•In Ethiopia emergency food has been
supplied to 199,918 people, 376,723
people have access to clean water and
food security has been delivered to
"But there is a great deal more that needs
to be done or this could descend into a
humanitarian catastrophe, the likes of
which we haven't seen in a very long time.
We would like the Australian community to
recognise just how serious this situation is
and to stand in solidarity with the millions
of families affected."
For more information visit
www.caritas.org.au or P 1800 024 413.
A love letter to
By JOANNE ISAAC
"I love yyou. II havvee ffroom
mennt of knnoow
yyou werree theere.
IHAVE CARRIED you inside me for 30 weeks
now. You weigh around 1.3kg and are about
40cm long. You have made your presence felt
from the start -- at first it was the fatigue that
followed me through all my waking hours until
I succumbed to a dreamless sleep. This was
followed by the delicate flutterings of your
movements within my womb, a feeling not
dissimilar to nerves. Now it is the constant,
reassuring, sometimes dramatic movements
that indicate your presence.
I love you. I have from the first moment
of knowing you were there. We're a team,
you and I. It is my privilege to carry you
everywhere I go. There is nothing I wouldn't
do to protect you. You are growing just below
my heart, the same heart that will love
of your sisters wants you to be a boy, the
other hopes you're a girl. I know that you
are already you and I'm excited to meet you
either way. Still, as I move through the final
trimester I am feeling nostalgic. I feel this will
be the last time that I will be pregnant and I
want to savour every moment.
Your sisters are very excited to meet you.
Sienna often speaks to you while she hugs
my protruding belly, telling you she loves
you and Matilda has taken to carrying a
baby doll with her almost everywhere and
is constantly pushing a pram around the
house. They are both a good age to enjoy
you, even before you are here. They are
impatient to meet you now and I sometimes
wonder what they think it will be like to have
you physically present -- are their imaginings
very different from the reality? I remind them
that it will take a while before they can 'play'
Modern technology means that we already
know what you look like. During scans we
can watch you moving in real time, sucking
your thumb or pulling on the cord. We can
hear your heart beating and it sounds fast,
like a horse galloping, even though you look
totally relaxed in your liquid home.
You have turned in feet that will need
correcting when you are born and I am sad
that you will have to go through this, the first
of many times that my heart will go out to
you and I will wish that things were different.
Although I know that life is often difficult
and heartbreaking and challenging, as your
mother I only want you to feel the joy of it.
We have had some moments these past
months when the
fragility of your
existence has been felt.
Having lost one baby
these moments have
frightened me. Our link is
strong, yet tenuous and I
will you each day to remain
with me, to grow and survive.
I am thinking more and
more about your birth. I think
of the pain of it, but also
the indescribable feeling of
accomplishment I will feel and
the special first moments we
will share. I like to imagine the
moment when your sisters meet
you for the first time.
You will be welcomed to the world
with so much love, as all children
should be. Your sisters will rejoice
in your arrival and your father and I
will once again look at one another,
awestruck that we played a part in
such a wonderful creation. Our extended
families and friends will be excited
to meet you. You will belong, instantly,
to the world.
AusAID dollar for dollar welcomed
for East Africa crisis
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