Food is more than a human right; it is a divine gift. While the UN has declared a famine in South Sudan, and Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya, and Yemen face extreme hunger and malnutrition, there has been little attention in mainstream media. The global response has thus far been modest.
Your donations to the United Church’s Extreme Hunger Appeal help long-term Mission & Service partner ACT Alliance provide much-needed assistance on the ground in these countries. Please continue to generously support this appeal.
The United Church of Canada has accepted an invitation from The World Council of Churches and All Africa Conference of Churches to observe the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine on May 21, 2017. People of faith will join together across countries, languages, and traditions to respond to the global hunger crisis through prayer, reflection, and action.
Wherever you are, United Church individuals and communities of faith are invited to pray for relief and justice for all who are burdened by extreme hunger. You may wish to use the Prayer for Extreme Hunger on our site or resources from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
A resource pack is also available from the World Council of Churches.
Climate change is one common denominator across the countries facing hunger. Climate change has resulted in prolonged drought, and the small-scale farmers who provide much of the food in these regions are unable to grow crops and keep livestock alive. Ongoing conflict is also a key driver. Peaceful solutions to violence and conflict would do much to address famine conditions.
Those facing famine and extreme hunger need to know that their suffering is not forgotten. Let us pray for justice and peace, and an end to the hunger and violence. Hunger crises are preventable if we reflect, act, and move together.
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