On June 7th,

our Catholic bishops along with other religious leaders, asked Canadians

to unite together and help people suffering as a result of famine at this very moment

in South Sudan,  Nigeria,  Somalia and in Yemen.

Here is their declaration:

 

PRAY – GIVE – SPEAK OUT

An Interfaith Appeal from Canada’s Faith Communities

South Sudan – Somalia – Nigeria – Yemen

 

As faith leaders in Canada, we call upon our communities and all Canadians to mobilize in response to one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises since the Second World War: the grim reality of multiple famines occurring simultaneously in four separate countries – South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen – threatening some 20 million people. United Nations agencies have already confirmed that South Sudan has 100,000 people in famine conditions, 1 million more who are on the brink of famine, and another 5.5 million at risk of famine by July 2017.[1] A declaration of famine has not been made by UN agencies since July 2011 when some 260,000 people died in Somalia – half of them children under the age of five. The world must not let those horrors be repeated.

 

Situations of war and violence are mainly responsible for this crisis.[2] The protracted civil war in South Sudan is widely considered the principal cause of the famine there. The United Nations Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide issued a chilling report in November 2016, noting that in South Sudan “there is a strong risk of violence escalating along ethnic lines, with the potential for genocide.” Conflict, hostilities and lack of security are similarly the main causes of the severe food insecurities happening in Somalia, Yemen and northern Nigeria.

 

Our joint appeal is a unified cry from the heart, with one voice and one message. Ours is the insistent call for peace and the need to protect the vulnerable. The protection and promotion of human dignity are foundational elements of all our faith communities. Willful indifference towards violations against human dignity is always wrong, at all times and in all places.

Read more of the declaration and see the nation-wide list of signatories

 

LET US UNITE TOGETHER

IN ANSWER TO THIS CALL

TO COMBAT THIS  TERRIBLE SCOURGE

THAT HAS BEFALLEN OUR

BROTHERS AND OUR SISTERS

For hunger relief in SOUTH SUDAN

Our target: 140 000 $

For the purchase 2,000 bags of sorghum

 

In South Sudan, more than 1 million children suffer from malnutrition –

250,000 of these cases are considered critical!

From now to July, the peak heat season, up to 5.5 million people may face famine if we allow this scourge to spread, which is more than 40% of the Sudanese population.

 

The various conflicts, which have stricken the area, have gravely affected the population of the Upper Nile region. Last January, a new wave of violence obliged 20,000 people to take refuge in Aburoch, in Saint Stephen’s Parish close to Malakal.  These people have lost jobs, have no land and practically no possessions, they are the first to suffer this famine.

 

Now, we need $140,000, now,  to provide them with 2,000 bags of sorghum.  This will feed them for a little while.  With transportation included, one bag costs $70 and can feed about 10 people for brief period of time.

* For every eligible donation made by individuals to registered Canadian charities [such as Aid to the Church in Need ]between March 17 and June 30, 2017, the Government of Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the Famine Relief Fund.

* In case of surplus, your donation will go to support a similar project.

For hunger relief in NIGERIA

Our target: $150,000

For food and seeds

The population affected by famine in northeastern Nigeria is equally and cruelly affected by armed conflicts. Estimates reveal that since 2009, approximately 1.9 million people have had to abandon their homes and their fields.

 

Regular attacks by Boko Haram, and other groups, has left the people in atrocious living conditions. Thousands of people are displaced within the country. Already traumatized, they must now face the scourge that is this famine, ever more violent as they have already lost everything.  At this moment, a near 44,000 are at risk of suffering the famine and this number may very well rise to 7.5 million.

 

We need $150,000, now. It will provide them with food and seeds to start anew, as it is one of their only means of subsistence.

* For every eligible donation made by individuals to registered Canadian charities [such as Aid to the Church in Need ]between March 17 and June 30, 2017, the Government of Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the Famine Relief Fund.

* In case of surplus, your donation will go to support a similar project.

PRAY for the alleviation of hunger

We sometimes forget that unity and prayer can move mountains.

Let us pray together so that God helps them.

 

“For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat…,” Jesus said … “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”   Matthew 25:35

Lord, open our hearts to the people of South Sudan and Yemen, devastated by a wave of famine. And, for the peoples of Somalia and Nigeria, for Your children here are in need of Your love and Your comfort by way of food.

Let us remember that in times of need, it is us, who are Your hands.

Amen

SPEAK-OUT,  the facts are alarming:

In South Sudan :

A state of famine was declared on February 20, 2017 in the Unity State, they have already been starving for months.

An estimated 7.5 million people face food insecurity between the months of May and July, known as the ‘lean season’. Close to 1.9 million people are considered displaced within the country and a total of  1.74 million  refugees  in the neighbouring countries  (86 % are women and children –  21,000 of them unaccompanied minors).

The country has been at war since 2013, the two main ethnic groups are destroying one another and some radical groups are also very active.

 

In Nigeria :

In northern Nigeria alone 8.5 million people are in need.

Mainly when it comes to food security, nutrition, protection and water. Since the onset of the conflict in 2009, 1.9 million people have abandoned their dwellings and their lands for fear of reprisals from the terrorist group, Boko Haram, or reprisals from the Nigerian army.

Please act now.

 Speak out about the situation.

Become an ambassador for this cause,

and help put an end to this unacceptable situation.

#IAMSTARVING      #PrayGiveSpeak   #ZEROFAMINE

NO ONE SHOULD DIE OF HUNGER.

 

 

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