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Donors and Southern African governments must act swiftly, collaboratively, and generously in responding to the South African Development Community’s (SADC) announcement of a regional drought emergency triggered by El Nino, warn Oxfam, Save the Children and CARE.
In a statement this week, SADC Council has approved a ‘Declaration of the Regional Drought Disaster’. Approximately 28-30 million people in Southern Africa now face severe levels of hunger and food insecurity. If no action is taken, that number could rise quickly to 49 million.
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Les dirigeants des sociétés civiles de l’Angola, du Burundi, de la Centrafrique, du Congo Brazzaville, de la RDC, du Kenya, de la Tanzanie, du Rwanda, de l’Ouganda et de la Zambie se joignent à CARE pour presser les gouvernements à agir contre la violence sexuelle contre les femmes.
After last month's flooding in Southern Africa, towns remain submerged and crops and homes destroyed, leaving thousands without shelter, food or clean water.
The deluge has affected a number of countries where CARE International works, including Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia.
Up to 12 million people in southern Africa have been facing severe food shortages since last autumn, as stores from the last harvest ran out. The situation is especially dire in Zimbabwe and Malawi, but also in Zambia, Lesotho and Mozambique.
CARE urges donors to support programs to counter long-term crisis
Overview of the Situation:
Up to 12 million people in southern Africa face severe shortages of food in the coming months. This period, just before the annual harvests of March-April, is known as the "hungry season" -- the time when stores from the last harvest have proved insufficient to last until the next.
The situation is commonly described as "an acute phase of a chronic situation." Food insecurity is especially dire in Zimbabwe and Malawi, with growing needs in Zambia, Lesotho and Mozambique. Food aid is needed, but food aid alone is insufficient.
Millions of people across Africa face severe hunger and starvation unless the international community heeds calls for rapid action.
Chronic poverty and the catastrophic effects of HIV and AIDS are having as much impact on the worsening food crisis across southern Africa as erratic rainfall, CARE International highlighted today.
Millions of southern Africans face acute hunger
About 10 million people in southern Africa face severe shortages of food in coming months, threatening a crisis that could dwarf recent events in the west African nation of Niger. CARE estimates that some 700,000 metric tons of food is needed immediately to alleviate the crisis.
The situation is especially difficult in the countries of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Millions of southern Africans live with chronic food insecurity, rarely able to obtain enough food for their families.
CARE International is working in Niger and across Africa to address food shortages, help people combat the impact of drought, and improve food production.
Nearly a dozen countries in Africa are facing severe food shortages this year. The UN estimates that more than 30 million people in East, West and Southern Africa will need food aid in coming months.
In Niger, CARE is delivering food and seeds to thousands of starving families, and has been preparing for this crisis since last year.
More than 30 million people in need of food aid
While members of the G8 gather today in Scotland to discuss whether or not to help Africa, 3.6 million people in Niger are walking the slow road to starvation. The worst locust infestation in 15 years decimated crops through west and central Africa, and a worsening drought has withered any remaining harvest.
This is the Africa being discussed at this week's conference, where drought and food shortages are problems that many Africans face every day.
9-11 September 2003
Johannesburg, South Africa
CARE International is in the process of rehabilitating a borehole in Siayumbo, 35 km from Siavonga, in Southern Province.
Martha Mwene is playing a major role in a community project that has transformed the day-to-day lives of hundreds of villagers in Zambia's Southern Province.
Southern Province is one of the areas hardest hit by the droughts. Last year this resulted in the failure of the maize and a severe food shortage for most households.