Visual storytelling: the Horn of Africa Crisis

African-Horn-Crisis-Infographic-Asilia-Bayanat

Infographics are great vehicles for storytelling and for presenting statistics in a way that grounds numbers in a more tangible reality. Such was the exercise that I embarked on when Egyptian-based infographics and data visualization lab, Bayanat, got in touch with Asilia –  to create an infographic reminding people that the crisis in the Horn of Africa still requires our help.

Here's the result. The graphic has already received quite a bit of attention (1,323 views on the Bayanat blog alone at my last count). I hope that this inspires more people to share their support in whatever way they can. Wondering how you can help? Here are some ideas.

The image above is just an excerpt from the graphic. See/download the full graphic here

East Africa food crisis appeal: A different kind of thanks this Friday

Today, I'm not just thankful that it's Friday. I'm grateful that I have nutritious food to eat and that my family back in Kenya has not been directly affected by the food crisis that has caught the world's attention.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 10.7 million people across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are in need of humanitarian assitance. 25% of Somalia's population has been displaced creating a situation where there are now refugee camps around refugee camps!

People in Kenya, managed to raise $200,000 in 12 hours through mobile phone campaigns. Individual Kenyans, such as Ahmed Salim and his FeedKE campaign, have stepped up to rally their compatriots.

Wherever in the world you are, you can help make a difference too. Below is a compilation of links to donation appeals by different charities. No matter your affiliations, there's an organisation that you can get behind. Please do share information on any other appeals and campaigns that we can support.

Appeals by international charities
CAFOD
Christian Aid
Disasters Emergency Committee
Islamic Relief
Oxfam
Red Cross
Save the Children
UNICEF
Ask5for5
Global Fund for Women

Kenyan appeals
If you're in Kenya, you can use your phone to make a donation, however small, that will be collected directly by the Kenya Red Cross. Use the links below for more information on how to:
MPesa
Airtel
YuCash

You can also use your Visa card to make an online donation.

A positive takeaway
As a Kenyan, it is especially encouraging for me to see Kenyans coming together for a good cause. I echo Truthslinger Mutua Matheka's question: "Now that we know we can unite over causes like #feedke & #kenyansforkenya could we go on & unite against tribalism & bad leadership?"

Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for your contribution.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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