The Anglican Church of Southern Africa voiced its concern at the current drought in Angola and Namibia, and the threat of famine that it brings.
Its Provincial Synod, meeting this week in Benoni, South Africa, heard about the severe conditions in northern Namibia and southern Angola, and the prospects of terrible hardship that may lie ahead.
The Synod passed a motion sending greetings to the people of those regions, which lie within the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.
It gave thanks for the swift response of the Namibian Government, UN agencies, European Commission and Lutheran World Federation, and committed the Anglican Church to contribute assistance coordinated through its social development body, HOPE Africa.
Issued by the Office of the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town
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The Text of the motion follows below:
Drought and threat of famine in Namibia and Angola
This Synod sends pastoral greetings to the people of Namibia and Angola especially the people who live in severely drought stricken Northern Namibia and Southern Angola.
We give thanks to God for the response of the Namibian government, United Nations agencies, European Commission and Lutheran World Federation.
And requests that HOPE Africa co-ordinate any assistance as a positive response from our Province.