Supporting families threatened by famine in Somalia by packing Family Emergency Kits. Each kit will provide access to critically needed essentials including food, clean drinking water and hygiene items that will be delivered to vulnerable families in need. Thank you to International Development and Reflief Foundation and GlobalMedic for coordinating this Parliament Hill event.
The scope of the famine in South Sudan, northeastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, has not been seen since the end of World War II. In terms of numbers, these crises alone affect over 20 million people, the equivalent of over half of the population of Canada.
Climate change is certainly partly to blame for droughts that destroy crops, kill livestock and dry up rivers. However, the main cause of these particular crises is conflict when starvation is used as a weapon of war. If the guns were silenced and humanitarian access were restored, it would save more lives in the short term than the return of the rains and crops.
Canada cannot remain silent in the face of these crises. We are aligning our efforts at the diplomatic level for an improved security context, and boosting our support for further development and humanitarian programs. We also know that long-term solutions must also be local.
Canadians are not insensitive to this reality and want to help. This is why the Government of Canada has created the Famine Relief Fund. Until June 30, Canada will put one dollar aside toward the fund for every dollar donated to registered Canadian charities that are raising funds to fight the famine.
These funds will support the valiant and difficult efforts of Canadian, international and local humanitarian aid workers to provide food, clean drinking water, sanitation services, emergency shelters and other essential services.
You can find all the details on how to make a donation by visiting: www.canada.ca/famine-fund