Children wait their turn to be weighed by nurses in Bangui, Central African Republic, Thursday Feb. 11, 2016. The U.N. World Food Program estimates that nearly half the country _ 2.5 million people _ are facing hunger as more than two years of violence has severely disrupted the countrys agriculture and health care sectors.Two former prime ministers, Touadera and Anicet Georges Dologuele, are running neck-and-neck in the second round of presidential elections Sunday Feb. 14 to end years of violence pitting Muslims against Christians in the Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Four former Sonoma County law enforcement commanders are set to host a benefit to help children in four African countries. Retired Petaluma Police Chief Pat Parks, Sheriff’s Captain Mike Brown, Sebastopol Police Lieutenant Jerry Lites and Santa Rosa Police Lieutenant Jerry Briggs and their wives will host a pasta dinner July 21st. Funds raised at the event at Petaluma Baptist Church will benefit their humanitarian project Hope Milele Africa – “Milele” meaning “forever” in Swahili. The nonprofit supports projects in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.