Famine Relief Fund to help millions facing starvation

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.

“People are already dying, but there is still time to save lives if we act now,” said Gillian Barth, board director of the Humanitarian Coalition and president and CEO of CARE Canada, at a press conference on Parliament Hill. “I am confident that today’s announcement will help remind Canadians of the urgency of this situation and inspire compassion in face of the world’s worst crises.”

More than 20 million people are facing starvation in Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen alone, in what is being called the largest humanitarian crisis in the history of the United Nations. Tens of thousands more are affected in Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

As a member of the Humanitarian Coalition, CARE Canada is part of an urgent national joint appeal for donations. For every eligible donation made by individual Canadians to registered agencies retroactive from March 17 until June 30, 2017, the Government of Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the Famine Relief Fund, supporting humanitarian response in the affected countries and helping us reach more people in need.

“Drought and conflict have all but completely exhausted people’s survival strategies,” said CARE Canada’s Pierre Kadet, senior manager of Food Security and Resilience to Climate Change. “People are foraging for water lilies and roots to fend off starvation. Women and girls are walking longer distances to find water, and falling victim to increasing rates of sexual violence. Children are suffering the consequences of malnutrition on their physical and mental health.”

CARE is working in all the affected countries, where it is assisting hundreds of thousands of people to meet vital needs in the areas of food, water, hygiene, medical and cash assistance.

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About the Humanitarian Coalition

The Humanitarian Coalition is Canada’s only joint appeal mechanism. It is comprised of CARE Canada, Canadian Lutheran World Relief, Islamic Relief, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada. With a combined presence in more than 120 countries, we bring together Canada’s leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of international humanitarian crises. We work together to eliminate unnecessary competition, reduce the duplication of fundraising costs, and inform the public on humanitarian needs.