BURBANK, CA (April 11, 2006) – In conjunction with the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Africa Program and the Environmental Change and Security Project, Islamic Relief, an international relief and development organization, will be holding a special briefing on April 13 to discuss the humanitarian impact of the current drought in the Horn of Africa.

The Horn of Africa and some surrounding countries are experiencing a major food crisis as a result of the on-going drought. The UN’s World Food Program estimates more than 30 million people across the region are going hungry as a result of the crisis.

Presenting the findings of their recent assessment trip to Africa will be Hany Abdel Gawad El Banna and Seyed Rizwan Mowlana. The findings of their late-March trip – which covered the affected countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Sudan – will pay particular attention to Somalia, where Islamic Relief recently established a ground presence.

Currently president of Islamic Relief Worldwide, Hany Gawad El Banna founded the organization in 1984. A physician by training, El Banna is the recipient of the Order of the British Empire and the Ibn Khaldun Award from the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Seyed Rizwan Mowlana serves as the Director of Policy and Institutional Affairs for Islamic Relief USA.

Media professionals are invited to attend this special briefing. To arrange interviews with the speakers, please contact the media representative.

WHAT:

Special Briefing on the Humanitarian Impact of Drought in the Horn of Africa

WHEN:

Thursday, April 13

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

WHERE:

Ronald Reagan Building (5th Floor Conference Room)

One Woodrow Wilson Plaza

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20004