A NEWS RELEASE
From Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA)
Winnipeg, August 4, 2004 (ELCIC) -- Canadian Lutheran World Relief has issued an appeal for contributions to help support a coalition of aid organizations responding to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, western Sudan because of the war. The Global Hunger and Development appeal encourages ELCIC member support.
Over a million people have been forced to flee their homes in Darfur, western Sudan. Fighting in the region has forced people into camps or makeshift settlements near their burned-out villages and into neighbouring Chad. At least thirty thousand people have been killed in attacks by militias. Recent statements by the UN Security Council have condemned the situation as one of ethnic cleansing through the use of mass rape, summary killings and a "scorched earth" policy.
Contributions to GHDA will be forwarded to Canadian Lutheran World Relief working through Action by Churches Together (ACT), an umbrella group for international church organizations, including the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). Taking the lead for ACT is Norwegian Church Aid which has been working on both sides of the conflict line in Sudan since 1985.
Donations will provide:
- Shelter, water, sanitation, and basic sleeping and kitchen materials
- Supplementary food to 50,000 children under the age of five
- Post-emergency rehabilitation efforts (house repairs, construction, seeds, livestock and health projects)
- Education for school-aged children in the population
- Support for communities hosting displaced people
Donations can be made through regular congregational offerings marked "GHDA -- Sudan Appeal" or on line at www.elcic.ca/ghda. GHDA respectfully requests that donations made to this Appeal be considered "second mile" gifts so that projects already underway in many countries around the world will not suffer reduced funding.
GHDA also encourages ELCIC members to send letters urging the Canadian Government to take steps to assist. See www.kairoscanada.org/e/urgent/uaDarfur040511.asp