Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/2/2014 (3 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Three million people face starvation including 200k children under 5.

Urgent news out of the United Nations today as the agency warns 200,000 Somali children under the age of five face death from severe malnutrition before the end of the year. The UN says it needs more than $150 million in emergency aid to save some 3 million people.

Children are among the first to suffer. About 50,000 children are already starving to death in Somalia.

Children are among the first to suffer. About 50,000 children are already starving to death in Somalia.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/2/2014 (3 months ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Somalia, famine, starvation, food, UN, UNICEF


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The UN is warning that 3 million Somalis are starving and of those people, about 200,000 children under the age of 5, are at risk of death by the end of the year unless the agency can gather the $150 million it says it needs to feed them. The agency currently has only ten percent, or $15 million of the required funds on hand.

According to UNICEF, lifesaving operations will be suspended in one month if the needed aid is not sent. During a news briefing in Geneva today, spokesman Christophe Boulierac warned, "If funding is not received immediately, UNICEF will have to suspend essential life-saving health services within one month. Somalia has 200,000 children under the age of five at risk of death [by] the end of the year 2014 from severe malnutrition if they do not receive life-saving therapeutic assistance."

Act now to help stave off hunger and starvation. You really can can save a life!

The agency says that an estimated 50,000 Somali children already suffer from severe malnutrition. Most of them will probably die.

About 70 percent of the health services in Somalia are provided by UNICEF in Somalia. The government and other private agencies make up the difference. Somalia has been ravaged by drought, civil conflict, and terrorist activity. Al Qaeda affiliates operate freely in the southern portion of the country and they restrict UN access to the region. More people are likely at risk there, however it is impossible to count them or to aid them because of the Islamic militant activities in the region.

The rest of the world is keenly concerned with Somalia and what happens there because of geography. Somalia is situation on the coast of the Horn of Africa, meaning it flanks the strategic Red Sea through with a great deal of world shipping passes. The spread of Islamic militancy, the failure of the state, and the rise of piracy in the region drives shipping costs and costs for all commodities on the world markets up. This impacts everyone from the price we pay for gas to the premiums we pay on imported items.

Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been delivered calls to action in the Philippines, South Sudan, and now Somalia. It is our goal to provide what aid we can to each of these regions as they battle famine. Although there is little hope we can save all these people at one time, we can save some, and it is our duty as Catholics to help all we can.

The good news is that these days are drawing short. The spread of industrialization, the development of Third World economies and the generosity of both states and individuals is contributing to a year-after-year decrease in both absolute poverty and starvation deaths. It is projected that by 2025, starvation will be virtually eradicated.

However, there is still a gap between the projections and the actual. One cannot eat a projection. It is incumbent upon all Catholics to answer Pope Francis' call to 'Prayer and Action' and to pray and act to end world hunger. You may not be able to save the millions who are at risk, but everybody can save at least one.

Please join us by clicking here and send one bag of Vitameal to people who hunger. Each package can feed a child 30 meals. That's one month, give or take, without malnutrition. Will you help?

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for September 2014
Mentally disabled:
That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
Service to the poor: That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.



Comments


More Africa

Traditional methods of fighting disease are not working in West Africa Watch

Image of Health workers transport the body of an Ebola victim wrapped in a plastic bag. Ebola victims are burned in the bags they're collected in.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which continues to ravage countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, has so far proved resistant to traditional methods of combating epidemics, notably contact tracing. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Lt. Rebecca Levine, ... continue reading


STUDY: Ebola outbreak could shortly infect surrounding African nations Watch

Image of Bats are being blamed for the transmission of the Ebola virus -- adding to the urgency is the fact that bats are eaten, frequently raw, in parts of Africa.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The organ-melting virus known as Ebola tearing through West Africa will most likely grow to infect other African nations, according to a worrisome new study. According to research by the University of Oxford, the deadly virus threatens to spread - not necessarily ... continue reading


Some people have all the luck! $13 million diamond found in South Africa Watch

Image of This 232.08-carat  diamond has been unearthed at the Cullinan mine in South Africa and has a possible value of nearly $13 million.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A 232.08-carat D color Type II diamond has been unearthed at a mine in South Africa, with a possible value of nearly $13 million. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The diamond was found at Cullinan mine owned by Petra Diamonds.You can be a light in the darkness ... continue reading


The terror grows: Islamic State created in Maghreb and Sahel region Watch

Image of The chief terrorist leader in the Maghreb and Sahel regions is

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

A version of the dreaded Islamic State - which has seized large sections of both Iraq and Syria, subjecting its citizens to terrorist rule - has now been created in both the Maghreb and the Sahel. A meeting held last month in the Ubira region of Libya laid out ... continue reading


Boko Haram carving out heinous 'caliphate' in Nigeria Watch

Image of Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau declared Gwoza, a town near the Cameroon border an Islamic-ruled enclave last month. He made the proclamation in a video showing his fighters running amok, firing in all directions and killing captives.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group has been following the lead of Islamic State, going from Nigerian village to village to massacre and then preach radical Islam. Survivors from town seized in the northeast part of Nigeria have told horror stories of ... continue reading


African peacekeepers in Somalia routinely rape, pay women for sex Watch

Image of Human Rights Watch has released a shocking new report entitled

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

African Union peacekeepers in Somalia are there to keep people safe and prevent anything untoward from happening, but alas, this is not the case. There are more and more horrific accounts of these peacekeepers raping and paying women for sex. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


WHO warns that Liberia faces extinction by Ebola outbreak Watch

Image of Aid workers in protective clothing treat a woman infected with the Ebola virus.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa-the worst in recorded history-jumped by almost 200 in one day, bringing the total to at least 2,296 deaths the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on September 9. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The ... continue reading


Gambia passes anti-gay legislation that threatens life imprisonment Watch

Image of Gambia's president Yahya Jammeh, a ruthless autocrat who has made numerous anti-west speeches and threatened to kill all homosexuals within the country, is known for his anti-gay stance.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Gambia has passed a bill that punishes homosexuals by imposing a sentence of life imprisonment, worsening the climate for sexual minorities within Africa's most anti-gay nations. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The bill that amended the criminal code was passed ... continue reading


It may go global... Ebola outbreak has outstripped West Africa's ability to treat the disease Watch

Image of Aid workers provide supplies to an Ebola infected man in West Africa. So far, 2,000 people have been killed by the outbreak that began in early 2014.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that the Ebola outbreak in Liberia is spreading exponentially as patients spread out in an effort to find suitable medical care. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The various reports illustrate just how terrible ... continue reading


Mentally disturbed man kills three Italian nuns in Africa Watch

Image of 82-year-old Olga Raschietti, an Italian nun who had spent the last 50 years of her life in Africa helping those in need.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Police in the capital of Burundi found three murdered Italian nuns, officials and a priest in the African state reported on September 8. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Police said that two suspects have been detained for questioning, while a statement from the ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 12:12-14, 27-31
12 For as with the human body which is a unity ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5
1 [Psalm For thanksgiving] Acclaim Yahweh, all the ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 7:11-17
11 It happened that soon afterwards he went to a town ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 16th, 2014 Image

St. Cornelius
September 16: Cornelius whose feast day is September 16th. A Roman priest, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter