There’s a huge afternoon and evening of live music ahead at the weekend, with a number of artists coming together to raise money for Concern’s Horn of Africa Crisis Appeal. Kicking off at 2pm and with tickets only €15, the bill features And So I Watch You From Afar, Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands, Retarded Cop, Tieranniesaur, Toby Kaar, We Are Losers, The Last Days Of 1984, Moths, Great Lakes Mystery, Sert One, Alarmist, White Collar Boy, Daithi, Angkorwat, The Former Soviet Republic, Funeral Suits, Reid and DJs Nialler9 & Harmless Noise.
The drought situation in the Horn of Africa has reached crisis levels. This is the worst drought to hit the region in 60 years. More than ten million people are in need of humanitarian aid; including approximately 3.2 million in Ethiopia, 2.8 million in Somalia and 3.2 million in Kenya. The crisis has been caused by the La Niña phenomenon, which leads to increased rains and flooding in southern Africa, but has resulted in below normal rains in the Horn of Africa region. It hasn’t rained properly in thre region for two years. Five of the past seven years have seen chronic drought in the region due to poor or failed rains.
Although the rains have now arrived, rainfall is expected to be less than average and inadequately distributed. People severely affected have lost nearly all their assets, and if the current rains are inadequate, and indeed next rains thereafter, the crisis will get even worse. The UN estimates that less than 50 per cent of the money needed for the emergency response is available. Concern is working to prevent a crisis situation, such as in the 1990s where a quarter of a million people perished due to starvation.