Famine

Sneaking Out of the Desertification Convention Sends the Wrong Message

David Suzuki | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

By abandoning the UN Desertification Convention, as well as other important international agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol, Canada is sending the wrong message to the world community. We're saying that exporting resources like oil and timber matter more to us than contributing to dialogue and partnership on global issues.

Let's Hammer It Into their Sick(le) Heads: Soviet Imagery Isn't Cool

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 08.08.2012 | Canada
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

I saw two young men wearing red t-shirts with the letters "CCCP" emblazoned in yellow across their chests. They thought it was cool. The scope of the Soviet regime's atrocities should be widely known among both young and old. The fact that it is not widely known is a sad indictment of our educational systems.

A Line in the Oil Sands

Rick J. Smith | Posted 11.29.2011 | Canada
Rick J. Smith

If you stroll by Parliament Hill today, or turn on the news, you're likely to see a large group of people protesting the tar sands. Some of these peop...

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.

Are Aid Groups Misleading Famine Aid Donors?

The Guardian | Tracy McVeigh | Posted 11.04.2011 | Canada

The head of an international medical charity has called on aid agencies to stop presenting a misleading picture of the famine in Somalia and admit tha...

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.

Education Helps the Garden Grow When Rains Don't Fall

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.20.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

David Arap Kilel nearly stumbles up the hill of his slanted farm in pinstripe pants tucked into knee-high gum boots, wet despite the neighbouring dry fields. "I'm the first home in my community with irrigation!" he shouts breathlessly, waving calloused hands.

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.

Food Prices Moving Toward 'Tipping Point' Of Global Unrest

Wired.com | Posted 10.15.2011 | Canada Business

When food shortages and rising prices drive people to desperation, social unrest soon follows. It’s as true today as it was in 18th century France ...

Didier Drogba's Mediation Efforts: Solo Act or the Start of a Trend?

Andrew Cooper | Posted 10.08.2011 | Canada
Andrew Cooper

A well-publicized list of western celebrities has attracted enormous attention for their engagement in African development as well as peace and confli...

Famine in Africa: What Is the Long-Term Solution?

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.07.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Western intervention and generosity are necessary and life-saving, but unless new practices that promote new methods of conservation can be ushered in, we'll be hearing of regional famines for years to come.

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?"

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.

Somalia's Image Deficit: Helping or Hurting Aid?

Carol Mott | Posted 09.24.2011 | Canada
Carol Mott

Once again the pictures of little children starving in Somalia break your heart. But this time there are other pictures that come to mind too: warlords, pirates, radical Islamists... Many will remember when the world was there to help and just how badly it turned out.

Somalia Famine Donors To Meet Wednesday

CP | Posted 09.24.2011 | Canada

ROME - A U.N. food agency says there will be a donors pledging conference Wednesday in Nairobi to raise as much as $1.6 billion to help fight famine i...

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...

Drought Threatens 10 Million Africans: Aid Groups

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.05.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - A coalition of aid groups is urging Canadians and the government to help stop an escalating humanitarian crisis that threatens the lives of 1...