Major humanitarian crisis in West Africa


The Sahel region is on the verge of a major humanitarian crisis. Located south of the Sahara Desert, the population faces food shortages following the devastating crop losses caused by unpredictable weather. More than 15 million people are at risk. Moreover, the rising cost of food makes it increasingly difficult for families to have access to food.

Development and Peace and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) announced a joint campaign to address the crisis.  

The West Africa Emergency page on the Development and Peace website provides background information about the underlying causes of the crisis in the Sahel. A power point presentation for schools and parish youth groups is also available.  

In addition to appeals which will be made by local dioceses and parishes across Canada, donations can also be made on line to Development and Peace at  

Thank you for your generosity.  

Read the CCCB Press Release  

Development and Peace 

Pope Benedict XVI, address to representatives of the John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel

John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel

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