The United Nations is calling this the largest humanitarian crisis in its history:
More than 20 million people are facing starvation in Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen and tens of thousands more are affected in Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
With famine already declared in South Sudan, families in parts of Africa and Yemen now urgently need help, including nearly 1.4 million children facing death from severe malnutrition.
As a member of the Humanitarian Coalition, CARE Canada is part of a national joint appeal for donations. For every eligible donation made by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities retroactive from March 17 until June 30, 2017, the Government of Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the Famine Relief Fund.
CARE is on the ground in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, and Nigeria providing life-saving necessities:
- We are providing food aid and cash vouchers to parents so they can feed their children
- We are distributing seeds so families can replant devastated crops
- We are making sure families have clean drinking water
CARE has a specific focus on assisting women and girls as we know they are particularly at risk of malnutrition and gender-based violence.
Our teams have been working with communities to reduce the severity of this crisis, but we need your help to meet the escalating need before it’s too late.
CARE is extremely concerned that conditions will worsen in all of these countries resulting in more unnecessary deaths. We call on all parties to the conflicts to allow unfettered access of humanitarian aid to those in need, and calls on donors to provide the necessary funding needed to save more lives.
Somalia: Two mothers' impossible decision
June 2, 2017 | Mothers in Somalia like Fawsiyo and Halimo are finding themselves in a position where they have to compromise the life of one child to save the others due to the severe drought in the area and resulting food crisis. Read more
Famine Relief Fund to help millions facing starvation
May 29, 2017 | CARE Canada welcomes the announcement of the Government of Canada’s Famine Relief Fund to help millions of people facing starvation in parts of Africa and Yemen. Read more
Nigeria: Disease outbreaks and hunger threaten the lives of millions in Lake Chad region