Crisis in East Africa: Church leaders appeal for food gifts until Christmas
12 million meals so far supplied in Barnabas Aid’s food aid programme, as famine continues and refugee camps in Kenya and Uganda continue to fill
Church leaders in Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan have launched a further desperate appeal for food aid to keep refugees and churchgoers alive until Christmas, after enduring an 18-month-long period of droughts, famine and conflict.
Project Joseph, Barnabas Aid’s food aid programme in Africa, has provided 12 million meals in the region since March, thanks to the incredible generosity of Christians around the world.
Project Joseph Phase 2
A renewed appeal for aid has been launched today (8 September) by church leaders headed by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev Stanley Ntagali and the Bishop of Marsabit, Kenya, the Rt Rev Qampicha. An 18-month-long drought and food crisis has afflicted various parts of Africa, including South Sudan, Uganda, and Kenya and this has been caused by a combination of drought and conflict.
The increasing flood of South Sudanese into Uganda’s refugee camps is creating a new crisis. More than 300 a day are still arriving from South Sudan into Camp Rhino where Barnabas Aid and the Church of Uganda are feeding the camp of 90,000. Numbers in the camp have been predicted to rise to 150,000 within six months.
Project Joseph aims to feed many of those refugees and is appealing for more donations deal with the rising needs in Camp Rhino.
“We are being overwhelmed with refugees from South Sudan,” says Archbishop Stanley Ntagali of Uganda.
“The situation continues to be desperate,” said Hendrik Storm, Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Aid. “In addition to the refugee crisis in Uganda, we are seeking to continue feeding people in Marsabit and other areas of northern Kenya.
“Barnabas Aid is committed to the Christians of East Africa for the long term. We know it will take years for life to be restored to normal for families who have fled homes, or who have seen their livestock die, or who have sold everything they owned to buy food.
“And we ask for prayers for an end to conflict and drought in the region,” he declared.