Once again people are starving because of drought in the Horn of Africa and southern Africa. Already the situationen is extremely serious and threatens to become dire in the coming months. That is why this year's Lenten Action aims to help the victims of drought in Ethiopia and Eritrea as well as Mozambique and Malawi.
The people suffering from hunger and thirst in Africa are our brothers and sisters. We share the responsibility to help them, however far away they are from us physically. We strive to follow our Lord, who fed the multitudes with only five loaves and two fish. He also said: I was hungry and you gave me something to eat (Matthew 25:35).
Caritas Finland's Collection account
FI73 8000 1270 1545 04
and the reference for
the Lenten Collection is 2257
In addition to emergency aid and development cooperation, collection monies will also be used to fund charitable work in Finland (10%).
The rains have failed once again in several areas in Africa. Drought is killing people. This time one of the reasons for the disaster is the El Niño phenomenon, which is particularly strong this year. The situation is already extremely serious in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Mozambique and their neighbouring countries.
Several UN Organisations and the Famine Early Warning System as well as Caritas Internationalis and other aid organisations are raising the alarm: the situation is very serious. In Ethiopia alone some 15 million people are in need of outside assistance in order to survive.
When Pope Francis launced the Food for All campaign in 2013, he said: 'Let us pray that the Lord gives us the grace to envisage a world in which no one must ever again die of hunger.' The Food for All campaign ended in December last year, but the work for a more just world in which everybody gets the food they need continues.
Read Bishop Teemu's Message regarding the Lenten Collection here.