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Posts tagged with ‘food assistance’

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Drought-Affected Families Receive Support in Pakistan

by Karen Bokma

Seventy-three-year-old Kasi lives with her son and his wife in the small village of Ranahar in Sindh Province, Pakistan. Kasi worked on the family farm and her son was as a tractor driver, which provided enough income to meet the family’s needs. That all changed, though, when her son began to experience severe chest pains […]

Rohingya Family Carries on Despite Devastating Challenges

by Karen Bokma

Since August 2017, three quarters of a million Rohingya refugees have been forced by violence to leave their homes in Myanmar. It’s a difficult journey for everyone. For Nosomakatun, a mother of two children with disabilities, it was even harder. When arson and killings began to occur against the Rohingya people in her neighbourhood, Nosomakatun […]

Malawian Mother Empowered by Food Aid After Cyclone Idai

by Anna Muir

Katherine will always remember the powerful flood waters that rushed up to her knees and penetrated the walls of her home. Six months ago, Cyclone Idai unleashed torrential rain and winds that led to devastating flooding across Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Katherine was one of 840,000 Malawians stuck in the storm. The devastating deluge ruined […]

Trusting God to Provide

by Karen Bokma

When Job lost his oxen, sheep and camels, as well as his beloved children, he still chose to say, “Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). Mai Kenkoo, despite facing devastating tragedy, also perseveres in trusting God. “I have faith in God,” she says, “He will do better for us.” Mai’s family once […]

Food Assistance Vital for Drought Affected Families in Pakistan

by Anna Muir

After consecutive years of very little rainfall, a severe drought has swept across southern Pakistan, particularly in the provinces of Sindh and Baluchistan—where rates of poverty and hunger are already high. The resulting drought has affected the lives and livelihoods of about five million people. In rural areas where most people are farmers, the impact […]

Yemen Crisis Response

by Karen Bokma

Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis the world currently faces. Conflict has resulted in widespread hunger, with more than eight million people facing famine. Ongoing bombing campaigns and disease outbreaks are devastating the lives of millions as the war continues into its fourth year. Yemen’s cholera outbreak is the worst in the world—those facing extreme […]

No Place to Call Home

by Anna Muir

“I have no place in my country.” Mohammad, a Rohingya man, is devastated about events in Myanmar—where he was born and raised. For decades, the Rohingya ethnic minority have endured severe discrimination in Myanmar. The government denies the Rohingya citizenship, refusing to recognize them as a people. Just over a year ago, the Myanmar military […]

The Rohingya Crisis: Stories of Courage

by Anna Muir

Since the outbreak of a military offensive against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Safiri has been living a nightmare. As a Rohingya woman, she’d suddenly become the target for indiscriminate, harrowing violence—civilian killings and the obliteration of villages—in her own home country. Safiri’s own village had been burned to the ground and her […]

Canadian Government to Match Donations to Rohingya Crisis

by Karen Bokma

Extreme violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has forced over half a million Rohingya people to flee from their homes and seek refuge in Bangladesh. Violence broke out at the end of August when Rohingya militants attacked government forces. According to the United Nations, the Myanmar government responded against the Rohingya with disproportionate violence. On October […]

Hope in the Midst of Crisis – South Sudan

by Karen Bokma

Besta Asa vividly remembers a warm sunny day, sitting outside her home in South Sudan, breastfeeding her babies. Her children were playing when she first heard the gunshots, but she wasn’t immediately concerned. She became fearful when her husband rushed home from their farm and she learned her family had to flee. Wasting very little […]