Aquiess presents RainAid Drought-Famine Relief for Horn of Africa
Doha, 25 July 2011. Aquiess Global Rain Project held an emergency press briefing in Rome today at Hotel San Anselmo, near the UN FAO HQ, to present a humanitarian RainAid campaign, using their weather modification technology to bring an early end to the devastating drought-famine in the Horn of Africa.
While the foremost priority is emergency relief aid to save lives, there can be no end to the humanitarian crisis, until the rains come and the drought is broken. Aquiess is offering its rainfall technology to break the drought by bringing gentle soaking rain to the region within the next 90 days. “This is our expertise, for example used in 2005 in Australia to draw oceanic rains into the Murray Darling Basin, Eastern Australia, which ended the drought,” says David Miles, CEO of Aquiess.
The UN has officially declared a famine in southern Somalia and today Government Ministers, bilateral donors and representatives of philanthropic foundations, Banks and NGOs met at a high level FAO meeting in Rome to deliberate and mobilize the response to the intensifying famine crisis in the Horn of Africa. The agenda focused on how much is required- when and where, soliciting and ensuring delivery of pledges of relief aid, organizing communications logistics, security and ground support for humanitarian teams.
“The images of hunger we are seeing from Somalia, brings back the memories of October 1984 when the world leaders gathered in Geneva to respond to the famine across all of sub Saharan Africa. That time some 35 million people were affected and in just one country, Ethiopia, a million people died. The world community promised this would never happen again and that we would tackle the underlying causes of lack of development that so often results in drought turning into famine. Well here we are in 2011, facing a drought-induced famine tragedy in the Horn of Africa. We cannot and must not fail to deliver timely and relevant relief aid “, says Dr Mahendra Shah, former Director of Monitoring and Evaluation of the UN Office of Emergency Operations in Africa, 1984-1986.
After two consecutive years of poor rainfall, current predictions for the next rainy season in October 2011 are that it will likely fail for the third season running, with the consequences of severe famine yet again. If this occurs, the number of people affected will rise from current estimates of around 12 million to over 20 million.
RainAid is the key to an early recovery in the Horn of Africa, seriously affected by repeated failed harvests and cycles of drought, which have destroyed livestock and crops and left their populations without the means of recovery for years to come. There can be no recovery and sustainable agricultural development without water and thus the critical need for gentle rain to break the persistent drought conditions was the Agenda at the FAO and at Aquiess' Press Conference.
Having spent a decade developing their resonance weather system technology, Aquiess is in the unique position to offer a tried and tested solution to this famine, with a long list of independently recorded results. The company has been successful in more than 80% of cases, delivering oceanic rainfall to combat drought, famine and wild-fires in Australia, UAE, Saudi Arabia and USA.
Bill Pollock, Chairman of Aquiess International emphasised, “There is a need to develop public-private partnerships to deliver such innovative technologies to meet challenges such as the humanitarian crisis we are facing today in the Horn of Africa.”
Aquiess is currently in Rome discussing with UN food agencies, protocol and methodology for applying this unique weather modification technology, immediately and until the drought can be broken. This technology is based on systematic delivery of an electromagnetic waveform that resonates with atmospheric weather patterns, to adjust the path of rain bearing cloud systems. These signals can influence global moisture flow patterns and harness the natural moisture ‘rivers' in the atmosphere to divert these to targeted destinations to create rainfall.
Bill Pollock, Founder and Chairman of Drake International, a Global Human Capital Development Company, who has supported and championed the vision of Aquiess since 2005, added: “Mankind has conquered space, even travelled to the Moon, but the key to humanity's survival is to be able to adjust and manage weather systems in order to support sustainable dryland agriculture presently impacted by climate change and global warming.”
David Miles, Director, scientist and founder of Aquiess, comments: ‘'Civilisation has always diverted rivers in the ground to water crops. We have opportunity to now divert rivers of precipitable moisture in the atmosphere and deliver rainfall to where it is needed. Tapping into these atmospheric rivers will enable humankind to turn dry lands wet to modify seasonal weather patterns for sustainable agriculture and food security.''
Dr Mahendra Shah, Aquiess Director of International Planning and Communications, an expert on food security, climate change and sustainable agriculture, added: ‘'Year after year the drought in the Horn of Africa has defeated local populations to a point where they have no means to survive under present conditions. There is a viable solution with RainAid that can deliver a turnaround for the four countries impacted by this terrible famine. We are here in Rome to discuss how we can help millions of people make an early recovery from this humanitarian disaster that is on a scale not seen since 1984. Our briefing is vital to see this Aquiess RainAid campaign get off the ground.”
David Miles, Dr Mahendra Shah and Bill Pollock attended the African Ministers meeting at FAO before the Aquiess briefing at Hotel San Anselmo in Rome.
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