CAFOD Appeals for Support for Millions Facing Starvation in East Africa

Across East Africa, millions of families face starvation because of drought, lack of food, and civil war. The UN has described this as the largest humanitarian crisis in more than 70 years.

The Disasters Emergency Committee, of which the Catholic Development Charity CAFOD is a member, has launched an appeal to provide urgent supplies to the 16 million people facing severe hunger in South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen.

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Nigeria: Famine, Malnutrition Loom in Nigeria, Experts Warn

International agriculture experts warned, yesterday, that famine and malnutrition were imminent in the country unless the government urgently put in place measures to address the problem of insecurity.

The experts said that while agricultural research ratings of countries like Brazil, India, China etc, were moving upward, that of Nigeria was sliding downward on yearly basis, with attendant increased food insecurity in the land, which portended danger of malnutrition, if not practically addressed.

Yemen: more than 1 million children at risk of cholera

More than 1 million malnourished children aged under five in Yemen are living in areas with high levels of cholera, the charity Save The Children warned on Wednesday as it began sending more health experts to the worst hit areas.

The scaling up in response came after latest figures show that a deadly cholera epidemic that started in April 2015 has infected more than 425,000 people and killed almost 1,900.