Crisis Relief - 080422 International Crisis Response

Canadians Deploying to Relieve Suffering in Ethiopia

Update (Feb. 14-23): The Samaritan’s Purse DC-8 landed successfully and relief supplies have been unloaded. Our Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), will work alongside local churches and community leaders to help suffering families in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

Violent conflict in Ethiopia’s northernmost region of Tigray has sent hundreds of thousands of people fleeing from their homes. Hundreds of thousands of families have fled their homes in the region due to violent conflict and are living wherever they can—in schools or on the side of the road. Many children among them are at risk for severe malnutrition.

Samaritan’s Purse Canada has deployed 15 members of the Canadian Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to serve in this response.

“Ethiopian families in Tigray are in trouble,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “They are struggling to feed their children after months of endless conflict depleted local resources. We are seeing extreme needs—children are malnourished, families are hungry, and millions are suffering. Please pray for these families—that we can reach the most vulnerable people with life-saving support, feed the hungry, and do it all in Jesus’ Name.”

Responding in Jesus’ Name, Samaritan’s Purse is working with local churches and other groups to identify the most vulnerable families in their communities.

Families will be provided with hygiene kits, solar lights, and cooking equipment.

If you are interested in joining our DART roster to be a part of these types of disaster responses, click here to apply.

The dire situation these desperate people face may quickly deteriorate further without immediate relief. In addition to armed conflict, the people of Tigray have had their struggles compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and swarms of locusts that have devastated crops in the area.

Please pray for these suffering people and that peace will come to this region. Please pray also for our teams as we serve in Jesus’ Name in the midst of a growing humanitarian crisis.

Crisis Relief - 080422 International Crisis Response

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