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British actress Joanna Lumley has joined calls to help save lives whilst the conflict in Darfur and Chad continues to wreak havoc.

The 61-year-old is working with the UK’s leading aid charities through the Disasters Emergency Committee in making an appeal to hundreds of thousands of newspaper readers.

In a letter written to local papers in Britain, the former Bond girl said, "We are seeing one of the greatest concentrations of human suffering right now in Darfur and Chad with 4.5 million people affected.

“The impending rains will make the situation worse, bringing the risk of deadly conditions like diarrhoea and malaria especially for children, pregnant mothers and the elderly.”

Brendan Gormley, Chief Executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee said, “We have been keeping people alive but access is already severely hampered by conflict and the rains will make it much harder for us to respond if we don’t act now.”

Joanna Lumley is heavily involved in charity work including The Druk White Lotus School in Kashmir and mental health charity Mind.

To donate to the Darfur and Chad Crisis Appeal visit www.dec.org.uk

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