There are currently more than 20 million people in regions of Africa and the Middle East who are at risk of starvation and famine.
The United Nation’s humanitarian chief, Stephen O’Brien, delivered the dire news to the U.N. Security Council last week.
The problem is partly due to “deepening drought.” But as Mr. O’Brien shared, political conflict is also helping to create the desperate situation that impacts people dying from hunger in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and northeast Nigeria.
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Sadly, not only are “all parties” involved in the conflict reneging on their promises to allow “sustained humanitarian access” by aid groups to the affected areas, but they’re making it dangerous for aid workers, too.
Just earlier this week, for example, eight workers with Samaritan’s Purse were kidnapped in South Sudan. Thankfully, they’ve since been released.
And so, the relief aid goes on despite the dangerous circumstances. This is a testimony to the dedication of people, many of them committed Christians, determined to help men, women, and children in need.
What can we do about it?
Please pray. Plead to God on behalf of the many millions of men, women, and children who stand on the brink of death. The images coming out of the region of gaunt and malnourished people, many of whom are infants and children, is devastating and heartbreaking.
Also pray that God will protect the aid workers and open the roads that lead into the afflicted areas so food and relief can safely make its way to the people who need it most.
Pray also that peace would come to an area of the world so often shattered by violence and evil and hatred. God’s love can reign even there, as Christians in the area share the Gospel through their deeds and their words.
And finally: if you feel led to give financially, there are several groups assisting in the area that would welcome your contribution. Three organizations that are members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and have dedicated efforts in the affected regions are World Vision U.S., World Relief, and Samaritan’s Purse.