"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me." Matthew 25:35.
Famine has officially been declared in South Sudan and, for the first time in recent history, there is a very real possibility of four famines - in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen - breaking out all at once.
Twenty million people face starvation within the next six months. International aid officials warn that this is one of the biggest humanitarian disasters since World War II. Increased investment in international humanitarian assistance at this moment is critical to assist these people in crisis. In addition, we see that continued funding for peacebuilding programs that prevent violent conflict are critical pieces that help address root causes of poverty and famine.
To address the current famine, the global humanitarian community is ready to scale up the response to avert a catastrophe, but requires additional funds immediately to do so.
Let's do our part through our prayers, generous contributions, and advocacy with the U.S. government to release emergency funding to meet the catastrophic needs of these four countries and support robust funding for diplomatic, development, and peacebuilding tools, which are critical to our security, and to the well-being of others around the world. We must act now, before it is too late.
Let's Pray Together –
World Council of Churches Prayer Resources are available here.
Let's Make Our Best Donation to help end the suffering –
On-line: UCC International Emergency Relief Fund - East Africa Famine.
By mail: Make checks payable to United Church of Christ with memo note:
"International Emergency Relief Fund – East Africa Famine." Mail to: United Church of Christ, Financial Services Office, 700 Prospect Ave. E., Cleveland, OH 44115
Trusted, on-the-ground partnerships enable the church around the world to get food resources directly to the people who need them. UCC Disaster Ministries already has sent $140,000 to the ecumenical ACT Alliance and IMA World Health for famine and drought relief in South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Thank you for your generous support to One Great Hour of Sharing and our recent East Africa Famine Response campaign.
Support provided to ACT Alliance means food, nutrition supplements, safe water, sanitation, fast-maturing seeds, farming tools, and support to keep pupils and teachers in school. Through IMA World Health we deploy mobile clinics, therapeutic feeding and medicines, and are supporting partners like Sudan Medical Care, featured in this video:
Let's Advocate –
Call for U.S. leadership to generate the funds needed to avert catastrophe. Urge Congress today to save lives in these four countries by maintaining robust foreign assistance funding as it considers the 2018 budget. Click here for more information and advocacy tools.
Child in South Sudan receives help. UNICEF photo.
Malnourished child in Nigeria receives medical attention. UNICEF photo.