World Concern Provides Immediate and Long-term Humanitarian Solutions in African Communities

Woman collects water from a protected water well. (Photo, caption by Daryl Finley/World Concern)

The number of people who need help surviving another day rose 40-percent this year, the UN reports. COVID-19 made life even harder for the world’s most vulnerable people groups.

Earlier this week, UN agencies and their partners summarized this year’s global trends and highlighted critical needs for 2021. The Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) 2021 sets out 34 response plans covering 56 vulnerable countries.

“A clear choice confronts us. We can let 2021 be the year of the grand reversal – the unraveling of 40 years of progress – or we can work together to make sure we all find a way out of this pandemic,” UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said.

In East Africa, millions of people were already suffering from years of prolonged drought followed by record-setting floods. Then came the locusts.

“Now with COVID-19 coming and building on those, it has been quite a challenge,” says Peter, a Christian worker serving in East Africa with World Concern.

“We’ve focused much on the Horn of Africa, which has a huge share of the problems that are affecting people.”

As described here, wild weather is behind most of the region’s current woes. Pandemic restrictions and lockdowns add another economic hit.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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