Categories: General Date: Jun 9, 2017 Title: Humanitarian Crisis
On Wednesday, June 7th, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), joined other Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Bahá'í faith leaders in Canada in launching a national appeal to help address the famines in South Sudan and the extreme food shortages in Yemen, northeast Nigeria and Somalia.
In February 2017, the United Nations declared that 20 million people, including 1.4 million vulnerable children, are at risk of death over the coming months in these four countries. This crisis results from severe droughts brought about by climate change and ongoing armed conflicts, which have caused thousands of people to flee their homes and land; these issues make transportation and access to food extremely difficult. According to the UN, the crisis far exceeds the current availability of resources and the amount of funding committed so far by the international community.
The national appeal calls for a threefold response from the faithful: Pray-Give-Speak Out.
Canadians of all faiths are asked to pray for both the people of these countries and the humanitarian workers who seek to bring them aid as well as to pray for peace in the region.
Canadians are also asked to make a financial contribution to one or more of the various reputable Canadian aid agencies working to alleviate this crisis. Contributions made to a recognized Canadian charity by 30 June 2017 will be matched by the Government of Canada. The CCCB has identified three Catholic agencies to raise awareness and funds for this catastrophic food crisis.
Finally, Canadians are asked to take the time to become better informed about the crisis in the four countries; to speak about it with family, friends and neighbours; to discuss it with local community agencies; and to contact Members of Parliament.
-An Interfaith Appeal from Canada’s Faith Communities
-Famine Relief Fund - Fact Sheet
-Ways to Donate