Famine Africa

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.

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.

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...

K'naan, Iman and the Famine in Somalia: The Long Game Matters, Too

Edward Jackson | Posted 09.26.2011 | Canada
Edward Jackson

The celebrities' call to action on the famine in Somalia is welcome, but the bottom line is that these countries need sustained economic growth. Such strategies are not without risks, however. Businesses must not be permitted to abuse human rights. Foreign investment must not undermine sovereignty.