Famine in Africa


Montreal, June 7, 2017 – Aid to the Church in Need Canada is participating in the pan-Canadian Pray-Give-Speak-Out campaign launched by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). “The information coming from those we work with on the ground is conclusive, the situation is worsening,” emphasizes Marie-Claude Lalonde, the organization’s National Director. “Our target is to collect $290,000 to support our local partners—dioceses and parishes—to support the starving population who are turning to them for help, so they don’t die!” The pontifical charity expects to collect $150,000 for food and seeds to help in the northeastern corner of Nigeria, and $140,000 for bags of sorghum destined for South Sudan.

Famine in Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria and South Sudan. ACN will help in South Sudan and Nigeria.
“It is essential to continue with our help to these parishes and diocesan partners already involved in assuaging the misery.”

Earlier this year, in fact, Aid to the Church in Need reported a rapid decline in the Malakal region. “ Since 2016, we have sent a total amount of $223,000 to help displaced people cared for by parish priests of Saint Stephen’s in Malakal. But as reported by the United Nations Organization, 100,000 people in South Sudan have been hit by this famine,” continued Mrs. Lalonde.

“It is essential to continue with our help to these parishes and diocesan partners already involved in assuaging the misery.”

South Sudan, who became independent in 2011, has lived in a civil war since 2013; according to numerous experts, the war is largely responsible for the famine today.


Displaced People in Riimenze, South Sudan, January 2017

Elsewhere, Aid to the Church in Need will also support victims of the famine in the northeast of Nigeria. There, the presence of terrorist groups is the root cause of the famine. “The groups terrorize the villagers, burn their houses and their crops. They must flee the violence done by these abject groups. The result: they do not have access to food that thanks to various aid sources, such as the parishes, which are in many cases, transforming into places of refuge. The Church is still seen as a safe place by the majority of the population,” explains Marie-Claude Lalonde.

“We are calling on our benefactors to be generous and to support our partners. We thank the CCCB for their faith in us through this collective interfaith generosity initiative,” underlines Mrs. Lalonde.



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