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13 Mar 2018 description

By Rachel Bergen

PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa - Pastor Samson Matabaro waves at people he passes walking down the streets of Pietermaritzburg and seems to know everyone's name and history. As he makes his way through Little Addis and Little Harare, named for the number of Ethiopians and Zimbabweans populating the areas, he offers a bit of welcome in a country that isn't always hospitable to foreigners seeking asylum.

03 Nov 2016 description

Rachel Bergen

AKRON, Pa. – From October through March 2017 more than 30,000 volunteers for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) will fill more than half a million cans with meat for people in need overseas.

The volunteers team up with MCC’s mobile meat canning crew who travel to about 35 different locations across Canada and the U.S. to can turkey, beef, chicken and pork in MCC’s mobile cannery.

04 Aug 2016 description

After herds of goats died during the drought in Ethiopia, MCC helped to restock them, providing short-term food as needed until the rains replenish the grazing land.

By Julie Bell

Aug. 4, 2016

AFAR REGION, Ethiopia – Valerie Browning remembers the alarming phone call late at night in August of 2015. The man told her that his community in the Afar region of Ethiopia was in shock.

“He said, ‘We are surrounded by dead animals. All of the goats have died,’” Browning recalls.

29 Jun 2016 description

ADAMA, Ethiopia – It’s time for lunch at Remember the Poorest Community School, about 60 miles south of Addis Ababa. Students are digging into the pasta and buns on their plates.

For some of these children, ages 4 to 7, lunch will be their main daily meal.

Ethiopia is enduring its worst drought in 30 years; the price of food has soared and families are struggling to feed their children.

14 Mar 2012 description

By Emily Will

March 14, 2012

AKRON, Pa. – Ethiopian President Girma Wolde-Giorgis presented a first-place “Green Award” to a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) partner organization in a televised ceremony, Feb. 7.

The award, which includes a plaque, certificate and green band saying “green hero,” recognizes Migibare Senay Children and Family Support Organization (MSCFSO) for its outstanding work in restoring exhausted land for agricultural use, by and for impoverished individuals and families.

12 Oct 2011 description

WINNIPEG, Man. – Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) response to the drought and food crisis in East Africa continues to expand.

Donations to MCC’s drought response are enabling MCC to provide life-saving food vouchers, water and other support to tens of thousands of people in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

In Somalia, where food shortages are exacerbated by the on-going civil conflict, many people have fled their homes to the safety of refugee camps near the northeastern Kenyan town of Dadaab.

12 Aug 2011 description

MCC response grows for ongoing crisis in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

By Gladys Terichow

Aug. 12, 2011

WINNIPEG, Man. – Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has surpassed its initial target of raising $1 million for the East Africa drought and is now expanding its response to the continuing crisis in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

“We are both elated and humbled by people’s willingness to entrust MCC with their contribution,” said Willie Reimer who directs MCC’s food and disaster program.

27 Jul 2011 description

MCC is asking for $1 million in contributions to support its response to the food crisis and drought in East Africa.

By Linda Espenshade

July 27, 2011

AKRON, Pa. – An immediate and extended response to the current drought and food crisis in East Africa is essential for limiting the vulnerability of millions looking for enough food to survive, said Bruce Campbell-Janz, director of Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) Africa Department.

20 Nov 2008 description

By Kirk Harris

Forty-one students from Mennonite colleges, universities and congregations in Canada and the United States participated in a seminar on food issues Oct. 30 to Nov.

14 Oct 2008 description

Blurb: Zemedkun Baykeda Habtyimer speaks from experience when he describes hunger in his country, Ethiopia, which is now in the grip of a massive food shortage.

By Tim Shenk

AKRON, Pa. - Zemedkun Baykeda Habtyimer speaks from experience when he describes hunger in his country, Ethiopia, which is now in the grip of a massive food shortage.

Habtyimer grew up in the 1960s and '70s as the son of tenant farmers in eastern Ethiopia.

29 Nov 2007 description

By Tim Shenk

AKRON, Pa. - Anarchy and violence in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, are creating a humanitarian crisis, forcing thousands of people to flee their neighborhoods, according to recent news reports.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is supporting a Somali organization that provides food and water to displaced people and helps women start small businesses to support their families.

SAACID, which is named after a Somali word meaning "help," is a 17-year-old women's organization in Mogadishu.

22 Jun 2007 description

By Holly Blosser Yoder

JIMA, Ethiopia - In rural communities outside this town in western Ethiopia, farmers and families have lost homes and livestock in interreligious violence that has swept this region since mid-2006.

In May, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia brought together about 40 community leaders - Muslims, Ethiopian Orthodox and Evangelical Christians - who have been affected by the violence.

Although the majority of Ethiopia's history has been characterized by a peaceful coexistence among different religious groups, …

17 Nov 2005 description

Boricha District, Ethiopia -- Martha Walana remembers a time when she had her own milk cows. In those days, she would sell the milk and save some of the money for home repairs or more livestock. But Walana's cattle died years ago, and like many other farmers in her community, she fell on hard times.

09 Jun 2003 description

Holly and John Blosser Yoder, MCC Ethiopia representatives, recently traveled to the Afar region of Ethiopia, near the border with Djibouti, to visit an MCC-supported famine relief project. Through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, MCC provided 500 metric tons of wheat, which the Afar Pastoralist Development Association is distributing as part of a food-for-work project. Holly sent the following report.

28 May 2003 description

MCC has sent emergency aid to Ethiopia, where as many as 14 million people need food assistance due to insufficient rain and harvests. A wide-reaching hunger crisis has hit Africa this year. The U.N. World Food Program reports that more than 38 million people across the continent face serious food shortages. MCC is already responding in several southern African countries.

12 Dec 2002 description

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is planning to send emergency aid to Ethiopia, where as many as 14 million people will need food assistance next year due to insufficient rain and harvests. A wide-reaching hunger crisis has hit Africa this year. The U.N. World Food Program reports that more than 38 million people across the continent face serious food shortages. MCC is already responding in several southern African countries.

13 Jul 2000 description

DESSIE, Ethiopia --Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is helping some of the most forgotten people affected by drought in Ethiopia.

22 Jun 2000 description

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- The two-year-long conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea is over for now, after the two governments signed a June 18 peace plan brokered by the Organization of African Unity (OAU).

27 Apr 2000 description

AKRON, Pa. - Three years of drought in southeastern Ethiopia have depleted food stocks and some 8 million people are now hungry. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) workers Linda and Robert Hovde report rain clouds appear on the horizon, then the wind blows them away and no rain falls. Hovdes, who have many years of experience in Ethiopia, say this weather pattern is similar to what they observed in the mid-1980s when Ethiopia suffered severe famine.