Food Crisis in West Africa
The Sahel region of Africa is on the brink of a major humanitarian crisis. This region, which runs beneath the Sahara desert, is facing catastrophic food shortages after erratic weather has caused the failure of crops. In addition, rising food costs have made it increasingly difficult for families to access food.
An estimated 15 million people are facing the threat of increasingly dire food shortages in the coming months due to poor rains, which have had a detrimental effect on crops. This is part of a pattern of recurrent droughts in the region which has made it difficult for communities who rely on subsistence farming to cope. Rapidly rising food costs have made the purchase of food inaccessible to many.
In addition, the armed conflit in Mali has de-stabilized the region by displacing over 220,000 Malians, many of whom have taken refuge in neighbouring countries, which are also affected by this crisis.
Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania have declared states of emergency and have asked for international aid. Senegal, Gambia and parts of northern Nigeria and northern Cameroon are also affected.
Development and Peace is currently supporting local partner organizations in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso with the distribution of food staples and other activities to help communities cope with food shortages and malnutrition.
Information has been taken from the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace website. For more information, please visit: http://www.devp.org/en/emergencies/west-africa
Food Crisis in West Africa - The Diocese is accepting financial donations for emergency relief effotrs to assist those affected by the Food Crisis in West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad, and parts of Nigeria and Cameroon). Donations can be made as follows:
by sending a cheque payable to you parish and earmarked "West Africa - Hunger Crisis"-by sending a cheque payable to the RC Diocese of Calgary, earmarked "West Africa- Hunger Crisis" and sent to Pastoral Centre, 120 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2T2