June 10, 2018
Join churches worldwide to pray and act to end famine!
Currently more people face famine today than at any time in modern history. 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria are living on the brink of famine. With concerted effort in 2017, famine was averted and/or rolled back. However, in 2018 the risk of famine remains and/or has increased and has the potential to spread to other areas.
The World Council of Churches, World Evangelical Alliance and All Africa Conference of Churches, along with church-related humanitarian organizations and a coalition of church-related networks and organizations and partners, are promoting 10 June 2018 as the second annual Global Day of Prayer to End Famine to be observed in faith congregations worldwide.
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me." Matthew 25:35
What Can You Do?
- Observe the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine on June 10
- Find Resources to use for worship, study, and advocacy
- Take Action! Tell Congress to provide critical funding for famine relief
Give generously to provide emergency relief to victims of famine
- Global Ministries, All African Conference of Churches, Special projects addressing hunger and food security
- One Great Hour of Sharing, East Africa Famine
- Week of Compassion, Famine in the Horn of Africa
Overview of Famine and Hunger Crisis
- More than 20 million people South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria are facing famine, while millions more in countries like Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of Congo suffer from extreme hunger. The number of people globally requiring urgent lifesaving food support has increased 35% in just one year.
- Already, 1.4 million children in the four countries facing famine are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, the deadliest form of malnutrition. If left untreated, these children will die from starvation and disease.
- Conflict is the common denominator across all four countries facing famine. To prevent future famines and hunger crises, we must find peaceful solutions to violence and conflict and address other key underlying drivers of extreme poverty and hunger.
- Children caught up in conflict and famine face higher risk of malnutrition, early marriage, exploitation and domestic abuse because of the stresses on communities and families and breakdown of household and community protection systems.