South Sudan Famine...

Updated April 11, 2017 from MCC's website...

MCC is providing a two month supply of food in Unity State of South Sudan, the region where the United Nations recently declared a famine. Two hundred and forty-five households will receive sorghum (grain), beans, cooking oil and salt. The distribution will take place in Rubkona County – located within Unity State – and will be carried out by MCC’s partner, Episcopal Church of Sudan - Sudanese Development Relief Agency.


Famine is a term the UN rarely uses, reserved for the most dire situations that meet specific criteria for rates of malnutrition, food shortages and death. In February the UN announced that Unity State in South Sudan meets that criteria; the first famine declaration by the UN since 2011. The UN also warns that the world is facing the largest food crisis since the Second World War. More than 20 million people across Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and northeast Nigeria are facing or are at risk of famine. It’s estimated that more than 40 percent of South Sudan’s population – almost 5 million people – are in urgent need of food and support for agricultural work. That number could rise to 5.5 million people by July. Read further...

"Five years later, the war in Syria"

April 8, 2016 - Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach


It has been five long years since the terrible war in Syria started. More than 250,000 Syrians have been killed. More than half of Syria’s population have been displaced from their homes, and 13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Alaa* and his family are just some of the many who have been affected. Originally from the city of Aleppo, the family fled the war two years ago; several generations of family members now live in a small, crowded space in Amman, Jordan. They are among more than 630,000 Syrian refugees now living in Jordan. The family has received blankets, school kits and other forms of assistance through a project supported by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Because they are unable to work in Jordan, the family relies on additional help from United Nations (U.N.) agencies for rent and other basic needs. Read more...


      


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