Canada faith leaders appeal for South Sudan, Yemen, northeast Nigeria, Somalia

(Vatican Radio) Faith leaders in Canada are calling for a concrete response to famines in four separate countries.Thumbnail

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops together with other Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Baha’i faith leaders are asking for action to tackle the famines that are wreaking death,  suffering and displacement in the world today.

Noting that the United Nations in February this year declared there are 20million people, including 1.4 million vulnerable children at risk of death in South Sudan, Yemen, northeast Nigeria and Somalia as a result of ongoing armed conflicts and severe droughts, the religious leaders have issued a “unified cry from the heart” calling for a threefold response from the faithful.

They are appealing for prayers for the suffering people, but also prayers for peace, for government leaders and for humanitarian workers; they are asking for financial contributions to be made through aid agencies; and they are calling on people to be better informed as regards the crises and for them to contact policy-makers and political leaders so that  their voices of concern will be taken into account. Read the full article here.