A woman collects grain from for IDP’s in Ethiopia 

By Vatican News staff reporter

May 21 2022

Caritas Australia launches “the Africa Food Crisis Appeal” to provide urgently needed humanitarian aid to countries in the Horn of Africa, including Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea.

Over the past three years, people living in the Horn of Africa have endured poor rainfall, some of the worst locust plagues seen in decades, and ongoing conflict, displacement and the impacts of COVID-19.

Now as millions face hunger and even starvation in the region, Caritas Australia is sounding the alarm.

“Millions of people in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia are facing a devastating hunger crisis, that is likely to be the worst seen in our lifetime,” said Aloysius Canete, Caritas Australia’s Humanitarian Emergencies Lead for Africa.

“Of most concern, the war in Ukraine has pushed regions that were already experiencing hunger over the edge. Food prices were already on the rise, and now they’re skyrocketing. The Horn of Africa is heavily reliant on imported grains and fertilisers from Ukraine and Russia, which are largely no longer available.”

Food Crisis Appeal

Caritas Australia has launched the Africa Food Crisis Appeal to provide urgently needed humanitarian aid to countries in the Horn of Africa, including Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea.

“What makes the situation in the Horn of Africa especially serious is that even the World Food Programme relies on Ukraine and Russia for approximately 50% of their wheat and corn. This means that humanitarian response will only get more expensive and complicated once existing stockpiles run out. But we also know that without immediate humanitarian intervention things are likely to get much worse,” said Mr Canete.

Through partners on the ground, donations to Caritas Australia’s Africa Food Crisis appeal will go towards food distributions, support for children impacted by malnutrition, clean drinking water, cash transfers to households at risk of poverty, hygiene supplies as well as seeds and household items for families that have been displaced by conflict. – Vatican News