First Minister Carwyn Jones said: "Many of us will have seen the pictures coming out of East Africa over the past few days. Parts of the region are suffering their worst drought in 60 years and over 10 million people are at risk. I know that many members of the Welsh Somali community will be worried about family and friends in Somaliland which has been badly affected by the drought.
Families have seen their lives torn apart as the drought continues to take its toll. This is a devastating and rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis that will only worsen if we don't act now.
"The best way people in Wales can ensure that they get help to those in the most desperate need is to donate via the Disasters Emergencies Committee's East Africa Crisis Appeal. The DEC is an umbrella organisation which coordinates a number of aid agencies so that they can carry out immediate and longer-term relief work in the affected areas so I would urge people to contribute what they can to this appeal.
"DEC Cymru Chairman Jeff Williams added: “We are already seeing vulnerable people dying, with millions at risk. We need to act fast to prevent more lives being lost. The Welsh public has been remarkably generous, despite many having to tighten their belts due to the current economic situation here.
“We are determined, with the public’s support, to prevent this crisis from spiralling out of control and DEC Cymru agency members are working hard in the field with many aid workers from Wales amongst them. I would urge people to keep giving, to help us save more lives as the crisis continues to unfold."
Source: News wales