Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan and over one hundred people in Somalia have already died of hunger, driven by drought, food shortages and the turmoil of conflict. But this is about more than just food, it’s about the potential of a generation.
Emergency funding helps to respond to the effects of malnutrition, meet the health and nutrition needs of pregnant and breastfeeding women and their children. Australian support gives people alternatives so they can cope through this crisis.
The Australian Government last week announced $20 million for Somalia and South Sudan, but the United Nations says $5.8 billion is needed by the end of March 2017 to avert widespread famine across East Africa. Australia can do more!
We need Australian action in line with the scale of this crisis. Ask Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to double last week’s $20 million to at least $40 million for life-saving humanitarian assistance.
UPDATE (24 April 2017): You are making a difference! The Government has just announced $10 million in funding to deliver life-saving assistance to people in poverty facing starvation and conflict in Yemen. However, the latest information from Oxfam is that $37 million is Australia’s fair share for Yemen alone. You are making a difference so let’s keep up the pressure on Government.
Image: Stef Glinski, World Vision
We call on you to at least double the 1 March 2017 announcement of Australia’s $20 million contribution to stopping the looming famine to $40 million, and do our part to help those in desperate need