Disaster workers monitor Afghanistan earthquake, warn of food insecurity in Africa – News

Written by Roy Winter

The Ministry of Fraternal Disasters monitors the deadly earthquake that hit eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, June 22nd. Currently, rescue efforts are still underway, with more than 1,000 deaths reported and many more injured or missing. Since the Taliban took over the country, many partner organizations typical of the Brotherhood’s Ministries of Disasters are unable to respond. Staff will continue to monitor the situation to identify potential response, including identification of potential partners.

USGS map of the area near Khost, Afghanistan, which was hit by a strong earthquake on Wednesday, June 22nd. Image from USGS.gov.

Staff are watching a widespread crisis in the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya) where severe drought, soaring food prices and rising fuel costs are exacerbating a massive humanitarian crisis. The United Nations reports that 29.7 million people suffer from hunger and the number continues to increase. This crisis is made more difficult because humanitarian aid is limited by the war in Ukraine and other crises. Many countries in Africa depend on wheat imports from Ukraine, which adds to the challenges.

Food crises are also developing at an alarming rate in West Africa and much of the Sahel. The need has become so widespread that developing a response plan has become more difficult. Staff will continue to monitor these situations and develop a response in the near future.

Roy Winter is the Executive Director of Service Ministries for the Brethren Church. Find out more about Brethren Disaster Ministries at www.brethren.org/bdm. Give to the work of fraternal disaster ministries through the Disaster Emergency Fund at www.brethren.org/edf.

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