The Anglican Church of Burundi, in conjunction with Christian Aid and its partners, has initiated an emergency programmeto support some of the many vulnerable people facing severe famine across the country.
Local emergency committees have now been set up in the regions of Makamba and Rumonge to identify the most vulnerable people and distribute food and other items. The first distribution took place at Gatwe Parish in Makamba Diocese.
In addition the Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi has set up local committees to monitor agriculture and develop strategies to combat climate change. Those committees are in charge of identifying who should be given better seeds to plant.
In a statement, the Anglican Church of Burundi said it was committed to continuing to work with partners to respond to people in need.
For many months families living in different areas of Burundi have been facing severe conditions of famine. The situation has been worsened by climate abnormalities that have affected agriculture. It is reported that many areas are affected by famine due to a long period of drought followed by torrential rain that damaged crops last year. The result is that an estimated one million people, or one in ten is living under the threat of famine. Life has been made doubly difficult by an increase in the price of food items in the market.