East Africa Famine

Famine Is Just The Latest Danger To Children In South Sudan

UNICEF Canada | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

It's now more than a month since famine was declared in parts of South Sudan. For children in the world's youngest country, the worsening food crisis comes at a time when they already face countless challenges on a daily basis. The scale of the crisis engulfing the country is staggering.

You Won't Learn How Important Water Is Until It's Gone

Plan International Canada | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Here in Canada, most of us don't really think about water. Easy access to clean drinking water is part of our daily expectations. But in many parts of Kenya, where I recently visited to see some of Plan International Canada's programs, it's impossible not to think about water -- or rather, the severe lack of it.

We Must Heed The Warning Signs Of Famine

Stefanie Carmichael | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada Politics
Stefanie Carmichael

As humanitarian partners scale up their response to provide urgent life-saving support to the most vulnerable children and families, we're also left fielding questions about how, once again, the situation could deteriorate to such a point that a formal declaration of famine was made.

In A World With Excess, Why Are There Still Famines?

Chelsea MacLachlan | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada Impact
Chelsea MacLachlan

"Famine" is a word that's rarely and cautiously used by the international aid community. It's reserved for describing the very gravest of human suffering. For the U.N. to declare "famine," a great many people must be dying of starvation. Hunger, even lots of it, isn't enough for an official declaration.

Feds Pledge Tens Of Millions To Fight African Drought

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.05.2011 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - The federal government says Canadians have donated $70 million to help fight the drought in Africa and that it will keep its promise to mat...

Dadaab: What Will Happen Now?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.14.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Journalists predicted that the rains would come in October, implying that this would end the crisis. But by then, the planting season will have passed. The rains, if they come, will likely bring flooding and disease. The famine may peak in early December, as we are preparing to celebrate our winter holidays.

Yasmin Warsame and The African Future

Septembre Anderson | Posted 11.13.2011 | Canada Living
Septembre Anderson

The East African famine is a crisis that hits close to home for Warsame -- she was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and has family living there. "It could just have easily been me or my son starving over there," she said.

Feed the Body and the Soul in Dadaab

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.08.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Beyond the urgency of filling empty stomachs is the legacy of torture and trauma that so many of these refugees have endured. The soul can become just as empty.

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.

East Africa Famine: Time for a Co-ordinated Appeal in Canada

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.17.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Since appeals first went out for donations to the east African famine, relief agencies have reported that approximately $16 million has come in from Canada. The figure for Britain, however, stands at £45 million in public donations. Why? It is our lack of organizational ability to combine our efforts that fails.

Famine Aid Expanding In East Africa

CBC | CBC | Posted 10.13.2011 | Canada

The World Food Program says it is expanding food distribution efforts in famine-ravaged Somalia, where the UN has estimated that only 20 per cent of p...

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...

No Vacancy in Somalia

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.24.2011 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The Dadaab refugee camp is an ongoing saga of desperate human need. And with the $50 million Canada recently pledged being only a beginning to address the needs of the region, we must find other ways to leverage more support. Opening another camp would be a good place to start.

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...

Thousands Feared Dead In East Africa Famine

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.19.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- NAIROBI, Kenya - Tens of thousands of Somalis are feared dead in the world's worst famine in a generation, the U.N. said Wednesd...