BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela – Under other circumstances, Jonny Lopez might have been happy that he was losing weight.
Once again Africa is reeling from a hunger crisis and appealing for humanitarian aid. And once again the world’s sated nations have a moral duty to generously respond.
JIJIGA, ETHIOPIA - At the end of June the Famine Early Warning Systems Network of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization issued a warning about dry conditions in Ethiopia, Somalia and the rest of the Horn of Africa. On July 5 the UN called it “the worst drought in 60 years” in the Horn of Africa, with Ethiopia and Somalia worst hit.
JIJIGA, ETHIOPIA - Nasri Yaseen Gourate is a young Somali man, husband and father, a hard worker with a voice among the men of his clan. But the most remarkable thing about Nasreen is that he is a Somali man with no cattle, no camels, no goats, no sheep. He sold them all.
Read our three-part special report from Africa here:
PART 1 - AFRICA'S FORGOTTEN REFUGEES
PART 2 - FEEDING THE HUNGRY
VATICAN CITY - People must change their lifestyles and attitudes to help defeat hunger, Pope Francis said June 11, a hint of what may be coming in his much-anticipated environmental encyclical next week.
MISSISSAUGA, ONT. - The main shrine of Mississauga’s grand Fo Guang Shan Temple is typically used by Buddhists for weekly services or meditation. On May 2, however, a modest crowd of Catholics, Sikhs, Jews and Muslims joined with the Buddhists to address a situation that all grapple with — the future.
MILAN - The Holy See's official pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015, the newest edition of the every-five-years world's fair, will be a public space of relaxation and learning.
What makes it possible is doing it together. Since Ash Wednesday, a colleague and I have been fasting — taking only one meal of soup and bread a day.
“Some people are starving around the world,” I used to say to myself, when an unfinished meal was thrown away. In the couple times I let this comment slip to other friends, the response was usually the same.
“It’s not like I can send them my food,” or “It’s my meal, I can do what I want with it,” both of which are valid points.
NAIROBI, Kenya - Drying livestock carcasses and anguished faces of hungry women and children have become a common feature here as droughts increase due to climate change.
TORONTO - St. Francis Table is hungrier than ever for volunteers to feed those being starved by poverty.
VATICAN CITY - To find real solutions to today's problems, people need to address the root evils plaguing the world: unjust economies, financial speculation and systems that create inequity, Pope Francis said.
WASHINGTON - Caritas Internationalis is going big-picture with its first global campaign, aiming to end hunger worldwide by 2025.