Africa

HORN OF AFRICA: Saving Lives Amid Unimaginable Conditions, “We Must Not Be Discouraged”

By at September 21, 2011 | 3:26 pm

HORN OF AFRICA: Saving Lives Amid Unimaginable Conditions, “We Must Not Be Discouraged”

(MissionNewswire) A famine of massive proportions threatens 12.7 million people in the Horn of Africa who are in urgent need of emergency assistance, according to the U.S. State Department. Aid agencies continue to sound the alarm, warning that the death toll could continue to rise—possibly reaching several hundred thousand in the coming weeks alone. The reality of more...

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SOMALIA: 4 Million People Currently in Crisis, United Nation Reports

By at September 14, 2011 | 12:36 pm

SOMALIA: 4 Million People Currently in Crisis, United Nation Reports

(UNITED NATIONS – OCHA) According to the latest report by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU), 4 million people are currently in crisis nationwide—3 million in the south of Somalia. Of these, 750,000 people risk death in the next four months if efforts to respond to the famine are not scaled up. To date, six areas in Somalia are in famine, namely more...

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HORN OF AFRICA: More than 300,000 Children at “Risk of Dying” from Malnutrition, Disease

By at August 22, 2011 | 2:00 pm

HORN OF AFRICA: More than 300,000 Children at “Risk of Dying” from Malnutrition, Disease

(MissionNewswire) The United Nations reports that more than 300,000 children in the Horn of Africa are severely malnourished and "at risk of dying." The region, also referred to as Northeast Africa, includes the countries of Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia – all severely affected by a drought and subsequent famine. Neighboring Kenya is also affected due to the more...

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HORN OF AFRICA: Salesian Missions Responds to Crisis

By at August 19, 2011 | 11:06 am

HORN OF AFRICA: Salesian Missions Responds to Crisis

(MissionNewswire) An already difficult situation has become a desperate one in the Horn of Africa where aid agencies like Salesian Missions were already hard at work helping the poor—long before the latest drought and famine that have brought the world’s attention to the region once again. “Entire communities have nothing to eat and people, many of them children, more...

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SOUTH SUDAN: New Nation Formed, Humbling Realities Remain for Aid Agencies

By at July 13, 2011 | 2:16 pm

SOUTH SUDAN: New Nation Formed, Humbling Realities Remain for Aid Agencies

(MissionNewswire) In a year that has been the most violent since the beginning of a peace treaty in 2005 – underscored with high levels of corruption and human rights violations – the people of South Sudan had something to celebrate as their country became Africa’s 54th country and the globe’s newest nation on July 9, 2011. This follows decades of civil war, more...

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SOUTH AFRICA: First Lady’s Visit Highlights Importance of Youth Leadership for Country’s Future

By at June 24, 2011 | 12:35 pm

SOUTH AFRICA: First Lady’s Visit Highlights Importance of Youth Leadership for Country’s Future

(MissionNewswire) U.S. first lady Michelle Obama’s visit to South Africa has brought the world’s attention to a country where a significant percentage of the population must struggle to survive on less than $1 a day, according to the United Nations. During her week-long goodwill tour through South Africa, the first lady’s focus was on the country’s youth and more...

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ETHIOPIA: Unique Program Targets Poverty One Child at a Time

By at June 20, 2011 | 2:42 pm

ETHIOPIA: Unique Program Targets Poverty One Child at a Time

(MissionNewswire) The recent announcement of Ethiopia’s goal to expand its budget by 22 percent to fight poverty in its quickly growing economy caused critics to charge that growth has not filtered down to the poor, according to news reports from Reuters on June 11. As politicians work to introduce plans for a better Ethiopia, a unique program is already addressing more...

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IVORY COAST: Fear, Population Grow at Salesian Compound in Duékoué Where 30,000 Seek Safety

By at April 22, 2011 | 1:06 pm

IVORY COAST: Fear, Population Grow at Salesian Compound in Duékoué Where 30,000 Seek Safety

(MissionNewswire) Ivory Coast – New fears grow along with the number of people seeking safe shelter at a Salesian Missions compound in Duékoué. More than 30,000 displaced civilians are now living there after fleeing their homes when the Carrefour district was looted and houses set on fire on March 29. At least 800 people were killed. "There is no food, people are more...

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IVORY COAST: Tens of Thousands Seek Safety at Salesian Compound After Massacre

By at April 4, 2011 | 2:44 pm

IVORY COAST: Tens of Thousands Seek Safety at Salesian Compound After Massacre

(MissionNewswire) Hundreds of bodies have been found after an Ivory Coast massacre that took place around a Salesian compound in the city of Duékoué. (Editor's note: See latest article on this situation: Fear, Urgent Needs Grow at Salesian Compound in Duékoué Where 30,000 Seek Shelter) Large mainstream news organizations such as BBC and CNN refer to the victims more...

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SIERRA LEONE: On Wheels, By Cell Phone – Finding New Ways to Reach Street Children

By at March 31, 2011 | 8:32 am

SIERRA LEONE: On Wheels, By Cell Phone – Finding New Ways to Reach Street Children

(MissionNewswire) Connecting with street children is challenging anywhere but is even more so in Sierra Leone, which ranked last of 179 countries in the 2008 Human Development Index for the well-being of its people. To respond to its street children in crisis, Don Bosco Fambul of Sierra Leone has developed two unique programs which reach children wherever they are – more...

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