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August 24, 2011

A new hymn to support relief efforts in the Horn of Africa

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette has written a new hymn that to support the churches’ famine relief efforts in the Horn of Africa. O God, You Love the Needy includes references in it to the lectionary texts for Sunday, August 28.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs provides information concerning the situation in the Horn of Africa.

Hold the people living in the Horn of Africa in prayer.

Support the humanitarian response by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

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August 19, 2011

Statement on World Humanitarian Day

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on World Humanitarian Day, August 19, 2011
 
On World Humanitarian Day, we recognize the heroes who brave danger to deliver aid where it is most desperately needed. Humanitarians save lives, mitigate the cycle of chronic desperation that makes the world less safe, and embody values that Americans hold dear. The United States celebrates their hard work and calls upon all nations and parties to give them the support, protection, and access they need to relieve suffering.
 
Today in particular, we commend those who are addressing the ...

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August 18, 2011

WCC general secretary calls for urgent action in the Horn of Africa

The following release came from the general secretary of the World Council of Churches of which the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a member.  The World Council of Churches requests donations go to ACT Alliance, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) partner.  Another way to give is through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.


In comments to staff of the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 18 August, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed alarm at the “blocking and hindering of the food supply in famine-struck Somalia, with the effect that more and more people are dying. This interference with humanitarian ...

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July 28, 2011

A reminder

I led morning prayers at the Church Center for the United Nations on Thursday morning. I shared a story about a member of the Communion of Saints - Samuel Johnson. I was reading the Bible, not Boswell. I met Samuel in Orangeburg, SC some fifteen years ago. It was good to remember him.

During the service, those present were invited to pray. The prayers touched on a variety of concerns - the Horn of Africa, the deadlock on the debt ceiling in the United States, family with illness, friends who had died, Norway, Sudan and South Sudan, Malawi, human rights and religious ...

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July 27, 2011

Numbers and the Horn of Africa

Reports from UN the Horn of Africa estimate that 10,000,000 people are experiencing a severe food crisis.

That's more people than live in New York City (not including urban area). 

That's more people than live in Wyoming, Washington D.C., Vermont, North Dakota, Alaska, South Dakota, Delaware, Montana, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine combined. 

Here are some ideas of how to respond: 

10 Ways You Can Help

Give to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

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July 22, 2011

A prayer on a day of grief

Famine stalks the Horn of Africa.
A bomb and gunfire rip Norway.
Violence wracks Malawi and Syria.
Rapes are perpetrated in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Atrocities are suspected in Southern Kordofan.
Human rights are denied in Madagascar, Peru, and Colombia.

Weak and vulnerable people are exploited and abused in the United States.

In places and situations that fail to make the headlines,
people are violated; God's creation is abused.
Yet we continue to trust the good news:
that peace will prevail; that good will overcome evil;
that love is stronger than death; that God will have the final ...

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July 22, 2011

PC(USA) responds to crisis in Horn of Africa

From Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has provided $100,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing funds to help meet the immediate and basic humanitarian needs of people affected by the drought in the Horn of Africa.  PDA is responding to this crisis as a member of ACT Alliance.  Fellow ACT Alliance members with programs in Somalia are planning to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to newly displaced people in Mogadishu, drought affected people in Gedo region, refugees in Dadaab camp in Kenya and host communities in both countries.

ACT members are already in the process of distributing 262 ...

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July 21, 2011

Crisis in the Horn of Africa

Some 10 million people in the Horn of Africa face a severe food crisis and could starve following a prolonged drought. "In some areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda, drought conditions are the worst in 60 years, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in an update."

On July 20, the United Nations "declared a famine in two regions of southern Somalia owing to the worst drought in decades, and appealed for urgent resources to assist millions of people in desperate need of help."

The crisis has resulted in a significant increase in the number ...

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