Geneva, July 7: A global Christian organisation has appealed to the G20 nations to to take action to overcome hunger and sustain justice in the Horn of Africa.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is joined in its appeal to the G20 leaders by ACT Alliance and All Africa Conference of Churches.
The G20 summit opened Friday in Hamburg, Germany, where participants were expected to discuss climate, trade and other global issues.
According to the press release issued by WCC 1.4 million children were at risk of dying from hunger and to overcome this the G20 along with rest of the world should accelerate the efforts on local, regional, national and global levels to save lives and livelihoods in the African countries of Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
The Call to Action sheds light on situations of conflict, insecurity, displacement and drought that have converged to create a growing - and tragic - hunger crisis that cannot be ignored.
“Conflict is an unacceptable common denominator across all countries currently facing the risk of famine,” reads the Call to Action. “The states of conflict have created an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, where insecurity prevents humanitarian relief from reaching many people,” Rev Yona M Katoneene, Bishop Emeritus of West Ankole said.
Establishing peace, resolving conflicts, responding to climate change and promoting good governance should be priorities on the agenda of the G20, said Bishop Katoneene.
“We call on leaders of the G20 to apply concerted diplomatic pressure on parties responsible for conflicts, to restore peace and stability, so that people can receive assistance, restore basic services, and allow people to rebuild their lives and to live in peace,” said Fr James Oyet Latansio, General Secretary, and South Sudan Council of Churches.
The Call to Action also urges a halt to small arms and weapons trade in the region and a commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change.