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Communities Struggle for Fair Compensation in Cameroon

Large-scale development projects destroy property and livelihoods By Jaff Bamenjo with contributions from Prosper Kouayep  and Jacques Bile | RELUFA, Joining Hands Cameroon Since 2000, large-scale development projects have been on the rise in Cameroon. The implementation of oil pipeline, road , port infrastructure  and agribusiness projects have resulted in the destruction of property and… Read more »

Growing Hostilities in Cameroon – Action Alert

A colonial past continues to divide people in Cameroon By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program   There have been tensions between Anglophone (English-speaking) and Francophone (French-speaking) populations in Cameroon for years with roots in colonialism. At the end of World War II, Britain and France, as victors, divided up German assets in Africa. Most… Read more »

The Time to Speak Out on Yemen is Now

8.4 Million are at risk of starvation in Yemen By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program It’s been weeks since the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered in the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Turkey. There has been so much attention, and rightly so, on the details of his suspected murder given that he was… Read more »

The Sugar that Makes Life Bitter

Sugar industry contaminates food, water, and health in El Salvador By Doris Evangelista | Asociacion Red Uniendo Manos El Salvador (ARUMES) “How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons?” – Jane Goodall In El Salvador, most farmers do not own the land they work and… Read more »

The Hunt for Gold and Diamonds Leads to Deeper Poverty in East Cameroon

Families abandon farms and schools for small-scale mining only to be trapped in a cycle of poverty By Jaff Bamenjo | RELUFA, Joining Hands Cameroon Artisanal mining, or small-scale mining using limited machinery, is the only direct means through which local communities can benefit economically from the mineral endowments of their country. In the east… Read more »

Faithful Action During October Food Week

The 2018 Food Week of Action is coming! The week goes from October 14-21 and is a time to celebrate the abundant and precious world that we inhabit — whose diverse ecosystems provide everything we need to thrive. We also acknowledge the inequality and threats to life brought about by human greed and systems that… Read more »

Presentation of PHP’s International Work

Learn more about PHP’s international development and advocacy work By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program Recently the staff of the Presbyterian Hunger Program put together PowerPoint presentations, complete with narrations, with the goal of helping Presbyterians and others to understand better the work that we do in the world. The hope is that the presentations can… Read more »

U.N. report finds extreme poverty in U.S.

By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program The U.S. is not immune to hunger and poverty problems. In fact, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, found high levels of inequality and extreme poverty in the U.S. After completing a two week visit to the U.S. in December 2017, Alston found… Read more »

PHP seeks to impact famine in conflict zones

Twenty Million on Brink of Famine By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program We tend to associate famine with weather-related food supply issues. However, conflict is the primary driver of “persistent severe hunger” (IFPRI). On May 24, 2018, the UN Security Council recognized for the first time that armed conflict and violence are closely linked to… Read more »