INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
Tanzania has been a consistent and generous host to millions of refugees over the years. The country has supported UNHCR and partners in all three durable solutions - from voluntary repatriation to countries of origin, resettlement to other countries willing to share the burden of displacement, to the unprecedented gift of citizenship for almost 200,000 former 1972 Burundian refugees. The test of time did not weaken the generosity; when the ongoing political tension in Burundi caused thousands of Burundians to flee to Tanzania.
MIAMI, FLORIDA—Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has partnered with Stop Hunger Now to deliver 2,851,200 meals to people in Haiti as part of their ongoing Hurricane Matthew disaster response. ADRA and Stop Hunger Now have joined with Airlink, a rapid-response relief organization that links nonprofits with partner airlines in emergencies, to send the first 285,120 meals by plane from Miami on November 1. The remaining meals will ship via 40-foot shipping containers soon after.
Today is World Food Day and to celebrate, we want to share the success you’ve helped bring to hungry families around the world.
The global message from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for this year’s World Food Day is “Climate is Changing. Food and agriculture must too.”
Hurricane Matthew has already claimed close to 300 lives in Haiti, but now there is a growing risk of a new cholera outbreak that could kill thousands.
Jason Brooks, ADRA’s Senior Advisor for WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) tells us “Haiti was already suffering from a high incidence of cholera. Hurricane Matthew, which has caused massive flooding, will spread the highly infectious cholera bacteria through flood waters, increasing the risk of an outbreak of infections.”
On September 19th and 20th, world leaders gather at the United Nations (UN) for two major summits on the global refugee and migration crisis – the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants co-chaired by the Governments of Jordan and Ireland and the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees convened by President Obama.