June 2017
Famine Relief Fund

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The statistics are alarming: 30 million people, primarily women and children, are at risk of dying of hunger in the coming months if nothing is done.

Since February, Development and Peace has mobilized its partners, members and resources to come to the aid of populations affected by the famine in the four countries that are especially vulnerable: northeaster Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Learn more about our efforts.

To know more about the matching fund, please read the Catholic Register article: Matching fund offers chance to save lives in famine-ravaged countries


A national interfaith campaign responds to the famine

A national interfaith campaign responds to the famine

Close to 30 leaders of different faith communities— Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Bahá'í – have come together to launch a national appeal to the faithful to give generously and help address the famines in Africa and Yemen. Their joint appeal, Pray - Give - Speak out, "is a unified cry from the heart, with one voice and one message. Ours is the insistent call for peace and the need to protect the vulnerable."

Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is pleased to support the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the interfaith appeal through its international expertise. Guy Des Aulniers, Coordinator, Humanitarian Assistance for Development and Peace, attended the press conference in Quebec.

  • Listen to Guy Des Aulniers’s interview on Radio-Canada International (French only)
  • Read the Catholic Register article: Canadian bishops join forces with other faith groups for famine relief.
  • Watch the press conference video (in French only)
  • Watch the four faith communities who attended the press conference (in French only)


Quebec international aid organisations collaborate to raise awareness of famine

In a show of solidarity and concern for the impending gravity of the famine (the most important humanitarian crisis since the Second World War), the Quebec Association of International Aid Organisations (AQOCI) sounded the alarm to Quebecers at a press conference held on Wednesday, June 21 in Montreal, in the presence of Quebec artist Boucar Diouf and the former spokesperson of Quebec Solidaire, Françoise David.

The Hummingbird’s role-In his column in La Presse on June 24, Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Boucar Diouf recounts the story of the Hummingbird and asks us to play our role, no matter how small, in this crisis.

On day, according to legend, there was a great fire that was ravaging the forest. The animals, completely overwhelmed, watched the flames but did nothing. Only the Hummingbird kept going back and forth between a small pond and the blaze, where he would drop just one small drop of water, which was all he could carry in this beak. After a while, an armadillo who was annoyed by the Hummingbird’s paltry effort called out: “Do you really think you can put out this fire with your meager drops of water?” Unperturbed, the Hummingbird answered “I know, but I will do my part anyway.”
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