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What We’re Reading: ONE Blog on Horn of Africa Conference Call with Dikembe Mutombo, Cindy McCain, K’naan

By ONE Blog

On Friday, Aug. 26th, ONE hosted a conference call with Cindy McCain, musician K’naan and NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo about the famine in the Horn of Africa, answering ONE members’ questions and discussing news from the ground. Below, see the post on the ONE Blog about the call.

Dikembe Mutombo and Cindy McCain in Nairobi, Kenya.“How can we help?”

That was the question on many ONE members’ minds during today’s conference call with musician K’naan, Cindy McCain, and NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo as they discussed scenes on the ground in the Horn of Africa. The trio, calling live from Nairobi, have been visiting sites in Somalia and Kenya along with ONE and our partners at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). The group also visited Dadaab, a camp with more than 160,000 refugees.

ONE members from across the United States and Canada joined the live call to listen to stories from the Horn and ask questions about what can be done to help with the crisis. Mrs. McCain discussed the need to protect women and children affected by the famine. Mutombo emphasized food relief efforts through donations to groups like the World Food Programme and GAIN’s own Future Fortified program. K’naan asked ONE members to keep the famine crisis story alive in the public consciousness by speaking out through social networks, art, music or activism. ONE also reminded callers to help call attention to the famine with world leaders by signing our petition.

Musician K’naan with refugees waiting for tents.You can listen to the call in its entirety, embedded as a player in the original post.

ONE also live-tweeted the call comments, with some great photos from the Horn region recently taken by ONE’s Josh Lozman, who is participating in this trip. Check out our tweet and photo feed from Storify in the original post.

All of the guests encouraged ONE members and call listeners to help keep up global interest in helping with the famine. Mrs. McCain said, “I know some people may be suffering from Africa burnout, but that’s why we’re here visiting, to keep this story alive. And we’re going to rely on all of YOU to help back us up.”

Read the original post on the ONE Blog.

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