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Take Action: End the Violence in Cameroon

Contact Congress to support rapid resolution of the Anglophone Conflict   The security situation in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon continue to deteriorate. Over 2,000 people have been killed and more than 200 villages have been partially or completely burned due to the armed conflicts between separatist groups and the Cameroonian military.  More than 530,000… Read more »

Communities Finally Receive a Share of Mining Revenues

New mining regulations in the Democratic Republic of Congo favor the development of local communities By Jean Marie Kabanga | POM, Joining Hands Network in the Democratic Republic of Congo In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), it has been common for local communities to bear the brunt of the negative impacts of the mining… Read more »

From Farmer to Food Beggar

Armed conflict in Cameroon leads to displacement and food insecurity By Jaff Bamenjo and Chi Nixon | RELUFA, Joining Hands Cameroon Gladys, a 37-year-old mother from Batibo village in the Northwest region of Cameroon fled for safety and took refuge in the bush with her 3 children when the army attacked her village. Gladys and… Read more »

Haiti Facing Economic Disaster

Haitian farmers organize to defend their rights By Fabienne Jean | FONDAMA, Joining Hands Haiti For more than 20 years, the people of Haiti have faced dire hunger. Population growth, dependence on imports for essential foods, changes in eating habits, and the misallocation of wealth have, among other things, had a considerable impact on Haiti’s… Read more »

Homes and Livelihoods Fall into the Sea

Sri Lanka builds a man-made island and fisherfolk lose everything to coastal erosion By Herman Kumara and Prasad Purnimal Jayamanna | Praja Abhilasha, Joining Hands Network Sri Lanka The Sri Lankan Government’s Port City project is well underway.  The project, carried out in partnership with the China Communication Construction Company (CCCC), extends the city of… Read more »

Shedding light on the hidden crisis in Cameroon

A call to stand in solidarity with the Anglophone community Jennifer R. Evans | Mission Specialist Squeezing into the crowded room, there was standing-room only. Mothers, fathers, daughters, sons and grandparents filled the room. Four chairs had been saved for us, facing the full room of internally displaced people from the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon…. Read more »

New PHP Resources Available on Famine

The Presbyterian Hunger Program is prioritizing work on famine and extreme hunger By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) is working to support grassroots organizations in Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria in their efforts to provide emergency food relief and rebuild livelihoods in communities faced with extreme hunger and… Read more »

Report on Land Rights and Food Security in Cameroon

PHP partners are working towards reforming land tenure policies in Cameroon PHP current and past grant partners RELUFA (Joining Hands Cameroon) and CED (Center for Environment and Development) have published a report, “Land rights: the missing link for food security in Cameroon,” in partnership with IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development) and LandCam (a… Read more »

Warning Signs of Famine on Horizon for Somalia

Without Urgent Humanitarian Intervention Famine Could Devastate Somalia Again By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program The U.N. warned last month that all of the conditions are in place for famine to occur again in Somalia. Mark Lowcock, the under secretary general and emergency relief coordinator at the United Nations, says 2.2 million people could… Read more »

Restoring Hope to Famine Stricken South Sudan

PHP partners with Hope Restoration South Sudan to improve food security and empower women and girls through farming By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program South Sudan is a very new country, gaining independence in 2011, after three decades of civil war between northern and southern Sudan.  Unfortunately, South Sudan’s independence did not lead to… Read more »