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Beginning on the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday 1 March, Tearfund is calling on Christians in the UK to join in prayer to help the world’s poorest people to flourish and be resilient in the face of climate change. Christian relief and development agency Tearfund sees prayer as a powerful tool to launch and sustain the international Renew Our World campaign.
The UN has today formally declared a famine in parts of South Sudan, the world’s newest country, and the situation is set to worsen as food stocks become depleted. More than three years of conflict combined with the continued devaluation of the South Sudanese Pound, acute malnutrition, difficulties in transporting aid, and below average harvests, have brought about this scenario.
The tropical storm which hit Mozambique on Wednesday 15 February will have a long-term impact on thousands of families across the region, according to Tearfund. Tropical storm Dineo swept across the southern coast of the country, severely damaging 20,000 homes and displacing 140,000 people. Currently seven people have lost their lives as a result of the storm, with high winds and heavy rainfall destroying houses, schools, ripped up crops and forced thousands to flee their homes.
The UN has launched a $2.1bn appeal for Yemen, predicting that 12 million people are on the brink of famine. With an estimated 18.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, Yemen has been rated as a severe humanitarian crisis, with ever-growing needs identified across all sectors including water and sanitation, food security, and health.