A major humanitarian crisis looms in the forthcoming post-pandemic era.
The “Lockdown” in Australia, Europe, the United States, China, Japan, India and other nations has deregulated the global economy where activity is now at a low level.
The United Nations’ World Food Programme projects worldwide that the number of people on the brink of starvation will double as a result of COVID-19 and could reach 230 Million people.
Africa is the worst affected continent, experiencing food shortages, due to the pandemic and disasters such as floods, drought, locust invasion and poor harvests.
Many countries in the Middle East, Latin America and Asia are already on the verge of a severe food crisis leading to malnutrition for children and adults. Migrants are among some of the most vulnerable groups as well as Internally Displaced People who are severely affected by the food crisis and lack of safe living conditions.
Pope Francis has called for “creative global solidarity” to look beyond the COVID-19 crisis to avoid another major humanitarian tragedy.
The Rector Major, Fr Angel Artime, and the Salesian General Council have set up an Emergency Solidarity Fund to support Salesians helping those in great need. Fr George Menanparampil, based in Rome, is Emergency Response Co-ordinator.