If you’ve followed the news at all in the last few weeks, you’re probably aware of the developing worldwide food crisis. This has been THE story of late, and it’s news we are watching very closely.
So what, exactly, is going on? Well, a whole lot, actually. First off, destructive weather events (which, some argue, are due to climate change) have caused whole seasons of crops to fail in certain parts of the world. In Bangladesh, for instance, Cyclone Sidr tore through the costal districts of the country last November and now, six months later, there’s no rice harvest. In Somalia, the worst drought in decades is scorching plant life and killing livestock.
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In December, UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken visited children affected by the recent flooding in Mexico and made an appeal for $100,000 to support UNICEF programs.
Well, you did it again! I asked you to join me in supporting UNICEF programs in Mexico this holiday season and you exceeded my expectations. More than $100,000 before the end of the year–AMAZING! Thank you all so much.
UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken is visiting UNICEF projects for children affected by the recent floods in Mexico. He sent the following post from the field.
Merry Christmas to all from Mexico!
The past couple of days have been crazy
It’s official: UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken will be visiting UNICEF projects in Mexico over the holidays with his family. Check out his interview in the Kansas City Star. He told us that since UNICEF doesn’t take a vacation when it comes to saving the world’s children, he isn’t going to either.
We’ll keep you posted on the trip here. In the meantime, feel free to leave your best wishes and questions via the Comments section below.
Our colleague Richard Alleyne is in Mexico to assist with UNICEF’s reporting on the Tabasco flooding and its effect on children. He will be posting to Fieldnotes as his schedule permits.
We arrived in Cuidad de Carmen, a city island on the Gulf Coast of Mexico at 9:00 on the morning of Thursday, November 8th. I’m part of a UNICEF delegation dispatched from Mexico City to assess the situation in the Mexican state of Tabasco after torrential rains caused the worst flooding the region’s seen in more than 50 years.