Africa Famine

Sahel Food Crisis Is Not Just Another African Tragedy

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 10.19.2012 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

Given the number of African famines and droughts I've seen as an aid worker over the last three decades, I can see how people could become apathetic over time, but I don't think it's fair, nor accurate, to dismiss this latest crisis in a "here we go again" kind of way.

Africa's Famine Turns One -- But Where is the West?

David J.C. Morley | Posted 09.19.2012 | Canada
David J.C. Morley

A year ago today famine was declared in the Horn of Africa. The worst drought in 60 years put millions of lives at risk. Canadians stepped up and donated $70 million, which the government matched. One year later, while the famine has been declared over, eight million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia still need emergency assistance.

How To End West Africa's 'Everyday Emergency'

CBC | Posted 09.15.2012 | Canada

The hunger crisis in West Africa owes more to a lack of reserves rather than sudden spikes in food prices or weather that kills crops and livestock, s...

The People of Sahel Need Help

Humanitarian Coalition | Posted 08.21.2012 | Canada
Humanitarian Coalition

For months now, all of us at the Humanitarian Coalition have been paying very close attention to the situation in the Sahel region of West Africa, where drought and food shortages are affecting an ever-growing number of families and communities. Today, more than 18.4 million people are facing severe hunger, including a million children who are at risk of acute malnutrition.

Why Do We Wait for Full-Blown Catastrophe?

Humanitarian Coalition | Posted 06.04.2012 | Canada
Humanitarian Coalition

Hunger in the Sahel region is increasing at a dangerous pace. While a full-blown crisis attracts more attention with vivid images and stories of severely malnourished children, it is by acting before the situation reaches that point that more lives can be saved.

The Loot Bag Boycott

Jessica Holmes | Posted 11.03.2011 | Canada Living
Jessica Holmes

I've been to Africa. I've hung out with kids whose only possession is a ball made of leaves. And guess what -- they were grateful for it. I'll be keeping this in mind when I forgo loot bags at my son's upcoming birthday, and donate the money saved to filling up some bellies.

Horn of Africa Needs Water Justice

Maude Barlow | Posted 10.31.2011 | Canada
Maude Barlow

Most Westerners see the crisis in the Horn of Africa as a combination of a large population, chronic poverty, and corruption, and they believe that none of this will ever change, so giving money to this self perpetuating crisis is throwing it away. But I offer another narrative that I believe is closer to the truth.

We Need Aid Effectiveness to Beat Donation Frustration

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.14.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

The crisis in East Africa has prompted Canadians to open their wallets and their hearts, but with the sheer number of government agencies, NGOs and private sector organizations responding to humanitarian crises, it remains difficult to know who to support and how much of the money will actually get there.

Canadian Aid Groups Finding East African Famine A Tough Sell

The Huffington Post Canada | Scaachi Koul | Posted 10.05.2011 | Canada

The images coming from across the Horn of Africa are bleak: skeleton-thin babies being held by their underfed mothers, crying for food in refugee camp...

Africa Needs Our Help to Overcome its Latest Famine

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.02.2011 | Canada
Rosemary McCarney

Those in the Horn of Africa who are in the midst of a famine are facing hunger and malnutrition on a scale few of us can comprehend. Even so, I've been dismayed by web-chatter to the effect of, "How long can we be expected to keep feeding these Africans who don't seem to be able to fend for themselves?"

UN To Airlift Rations To The "Roads Of Death"

CP | Posted 09.25.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- DOLO, Somalia - The U.N. will airlift emergency rations this week to parts of drought-ravaged Somalia that militants banned it f...

Canada To Give Millions In Aid For Famine Relief Efforts In Africa

THE CANADIAN PRESS | Posted 09.21.2011 | Canada Politics

THE CANADIAN PRESS — OTTAWA - The Canadian government is giving $50 million towards famine relief efforts in the Horn of Africa. Ottawa will also...