Since the United Nations declaration of famine conditions in areas of South Sudan in February, War Child has been actively advocating on behalf of the children and families that are most at risk.

Alongside television and radio appearances, social media sharing and conversations with Canadians across the country, War Child donors have responded in tremendous fashion with gifts to help support food security work in the region. To those who have responded, thank you.

To aid campaigns like ours, the Government of Canada launched the Famine Relief Fund on May 29th to match donations made by individuals to registered Canadian charities between March 17 to June 30. War Child is participating, so donors that have given within that time period can rest assured their gifts will have a matching amount donated to the Famine Relief Fund.

If you want to ensure your gift will be counted towards the matching funds, be sure to give at warchild.ca/famine.

More than 20 million people in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are at risk of starvation as a result of severe drought conditions or intensifying conflict.

You can read more here about the scope of War Child’s work in South Sudan. Thanks to the support of our donors and funding partners we’ve been helping children and families there since the country gained independence in 2011.

Over 20 million men, women and children are at risk of starvation if we do not act now. Canadians have always demonstrated great compassion when it comes to humanitarian crises. I encourage all Canadians to donate to the registered Canadian charities of their choice. Together, we can make a difference and bring relief to people who need urgent help.

– Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie