East Africa food crisis: A catastrophe of this magnitude means that every response matters
14 March 2017
More than 10 million people in East
Africa and Yemen are facing starvation and famine: "Without
collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply
starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from
disease,"said Stephen O'Brien, UN Humanitarian chief at a
meeting of the UN Security Council last Friday.
All We Can and the World Church Relationships Team of
the Methodist Church in Britain are urgently calling for individual
and local community support to respond to famine in South Sudan and
to avert famine and further death in other countries across East
Africa and the wider region including Somalia and
Ongoing food crises have pushed many countries to the brink of
catastrophe with millions facing malnutrition, illness and death. A
month ago it was announced that South Sudan had already reached a
tipping point with two counties being declared as officially
affected by famine. Since then, Somalia, northern Nigeria
and Yemen have been categorised as being on the brink of famine,
with other countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Burundi and Uganda
facing severe food insecurity.
Droughts and unpredictable rainfall, protracted civil conflicts
and entrenched economic crises, have led to widespread food
insecurity across East Africa and people are already dying.
"We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the
beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis
since the creation of the United Nations," reported UN humanitarian
chief Stephen O'Brien.
The Methodist Church in Britain is urging people to
respond quickly, generously and collectively to thiscatastrophic
situation by supporting the appeal being managed by All We
Graeme Hodge, Deputy CEO of All We Can stated, "The acts of
compassion expressed in the individual donations of many UK
citizens and the collective fundraising efforts by community and
church groups around the UK are nothing short of inspiring. Every
day, we hear more stories of people who are responding to the
desperate need of their fellow human beings, our global neighbours.
We need this collective response to continue and grow to prevent
the deaths of millions of children and their families. We need to
ensure people across East Africa get the support they need to
survive and recover. If you think that your individual response
will not make a difference, think again. A catastrophe of this
magnitude means that every response matters."
In 2011, Somalia faced a famine that led to over 260,000 people
losing their lives. All We Can is responding to the dire
circumstances across the region, starting with South Sudan,
Somalia, Burundi, Ethiopia and Yemen in alliance with its
experienced humanitarian aid partners working locally in each
All We Can's Humanitarian Aid Manager Jason Snuggs said, "This
situation is incredibly serious, it is not one we can ignore. We
need supporters to give generously and without delay, as we respond
to the needs in this vast region and help towards averting famine
in other countries across East Africa on the verge of
Gifts to this emergency appeal will enable All We Can
and its partners to respond quickly to those in greatest need
across the region.