Famine

Tragedy Continues In The Land Of "Bitter Harvest"

Elliot M. Cho | Posted 03.30.2017 | Canada
Elliot M. Cho

Bitter Harvest begins with showing the famous Ukrainian landscape: an endless wheat field under blue sky. It somehow reminds me of a scene in Gone wit...

Still Praying For Safety After Two Years Of War In Yemen

Stefanie Carmichael | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Impact
Stefanie Carmichael

Last week marks two years since the current conflict in Yemen began, a war that has destroyed the economic and social fabric of the country. According to the government, the GDP shrunk nearly 35 per cent when fighting erupted. Infrastructure collapsed. Public institutions continue to struggle to provide even basic services.

South Sudan's Children Need Us To Take Action Now

Stefanie Carmichael | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Impact
Stefanie Carmichael

Right now, there are 4.3 million children in urgent need of humanitarian assistance across South Sudan. Last month's formal declaration of famine only officialized a catastrophe that has been unfolding for months.

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.

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.

What Drought Leaves Behind

UNICEF Canada | Posted 03.17.2017 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

In late 2016 when the rains failed, a severe drought hit the arid and semi-arid regions of Kenya, affecting over 2.7 million people. Marsabit is one of the hardest hit counties, where thousands of children are food insecure and in dire need of treatment for severe malnutrition.

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.

Famine Threatens 1.4 Million Children, But There's Still Hope

UNICEF Canada | Posted 03.01.2017 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan and looms in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Every day children are dying and UNICEF is working with partners to provide life-saving support for children and families. These are the stories of some of the children caught in this crisis.

The First Faces Of Famine In Somalia

Brett Tarver | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Impact
Brett Tarver

I've come to Somalia with World Vision, to meet children living on the brink of famine. The United Nations issued the warning last week. If the rains fail again, and if international aid is not taken, Somalia could see a repeat of the 2011 famine which killed more than 250,000 people.

Somali Children Need Our Immediate Help To Weather Looming Famine

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

A looming famine threatens the survival of many, particularly children, as 5 million face starvation in Somalia. There's no time to mull this over, considering whether or not to respond. The stark fact is that hundreds of thousands of children need immediate help if they are to survive.

How Tree-Planting Brings Life To The World's Children

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Ten years ago, World Vision started working with people in Humbo, Ethiopia, to plant trees. The organization funded the project by selling 'carbon offsets' for the roughly 22,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide that those trees mop up each year. Before planting began, the region's mountainous terrain had been severely degraded.

For 48 Hours I Endured The Hunger Many Kids Feel Every Day

Matt Batey | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Matt Batey

Around the world today, nearly 800 million people are without secure, reliable, regular sources of food to eat. I have never gone hungry a day in my life. It was time to experience just a little of what it's like to be desperate for food, but unable to eat.

Climate Change Is A Human Rights Issue

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 11.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

It has become clear that climate change will disproportionately impact the world's most vulnerable because they are heavily dependent on resources that will be affected by climatic change. Whether by virtue of socio-economic status, conflict, gender or geography, certain groups are more liable than others to be negatively impacted by climate change, which directly implicates the question of human rights. How will this differentially influence people's lives, living conditions and livelihoods, and who are the most vulnerable?

This Season, South Sudan Will Celebrate the Opposite of Christmas

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Glen Pearson

Massive military egos, political conniving, and Western dilly-dallying have resulted in a potent brew. And now has come famine on a vast scale, in what the United Nations has described as perhaps the worst humanitarian disaster of this recent era. Two million people are now on the move, displaced by conflict and lack of resources.

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 ...