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Coronavirus: World Council of Churches (WCC), ACT Alliance send joint letter to Mozambique president urging protection of people

The letter urges the government to intervene to ensure protection against rights violations and ensure security for the affected communities

In a joint letter, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and ACT Alliance urged the president of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, to protect lives, property and livelihoods from increasing violence in the country.  The WCC and ACT Alliance express concern over the number and humanitarian impact of violent attacks by armed…

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Coronavirus: In Uganda, young people represent “wealth of courage, agency and ideas”

Young people are bringing a fresh drive for justice in many local communities

During a ceremony recognizing how young people in Uganda are true “agents of change” in health and healing, Rev. Pauline Njiru, eastern Africa regional coordinator for the World Council of Churches Ecumenical HIV & AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy programme, said young people are bringing a fresh drive for justice in…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Taming post-harvest losses can boost food security in Africa, say church leaders

In sub-Saharan Africa, the loss is estimated at 100 million metric tonnes of food, with the estimated waste being much higher for perishable foods such as vegetables, fruits, meat and dairy

African Church leaders are highlighting the need to tame the continent’s persistent post-harvest losses, as organizations point at rising food insecurity due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although some regions have registered bumper harvests following improved rains, concerns for loss of food in the processes of harvesting, transport, and storage have…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Amid COVID-19, African church leaders say availing quality seeds to farmers can help beat food insecurity

Citizens in some of the continent’s countries are facing hunger and serious food shortages after governments implemented stringent anti-COVID-19 measures

As African nations begin opening after months of coronavirus closures, church officials and agricultural experts are stressing an immediate supply of quality seeds to farmers to help tackle a predicted food crisis. Citizens in some of the continent’s countries are facing hunger and serious food shortages after governments implemented stringent anti-COVID-19…

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Coronavirus: South Sudan cleric highlights biting hunger in a “triple pandemic” as African churches confront food insecurity

Church leaders are confident that the threat by COVID-19 to exacerbate hunger can be extinguished with increased and right action

South Sudan church leaders are among African clerics who are highlighting a painful “hunger pandemic” in their countries, as experts warn of aggravated food insecurity in regions due to coronavirus. Fr James Oyet Latansio, general secretary of the South Sudan Council of Churches, said the disease had devastated families, creating…

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Coronavirus - Uganda: Young Ugandan man ‘an agent of change’ in HIV care and gender justice

Supporting people living with HIV with treatment adherence in this period of COVID-19 by picking and delivering their medicines to their homes

Hillary Nuwamanya, 24, was born HIV-positive, and has chosen to live his life setting an example for other young people who are struggling to find hope. As an important part of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy programme, the Ugandan has trained people in…

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Coronavirus - Burundi: World Council of Churches (WCC), All Africa Conference of Churches express solidarity with Burundi as elections take place

All Africa Conference of Churches expressed solidarity as the nation prepares for its 20 May elections

In a joint letter to church leaders in Burundi, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All Africa Conference of Churches expressed solidarity as the nation prepares for its 20 May elections. “We, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) join in…

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Coronavirus - Africa: World Council of Churches (WCC) holds online consultation with global health providers

25 different countries all over the world joined an online consultation, including people from Peru, Bangladesh, Tonga, Sri Lanka, and Burkina Faso

Dr Mwai Makoka is programme executive for Health and Healing at the World Council of Churches (WCC). In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, he organised and moderated an online consultation with ecumenical global health providers and networks in mid-May. Makoka stressed one of his first conclusions on the ongoing…

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Coronavirus: African faiths take frontline actions to combat COVID-19

Cases of the virus in the continent are rising, raising fears that the region could be next epicentre of the infectious disease

Frontline actions by African faith communities in mitigating against the novel coronavirus are being welcomed as timely, as groups move to support people left vulnerable by the pandemic. Cases of the virus in the continent are rising, raising fears that the region could be next epicentre of the infectious disease.…

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In African communities, ‘there is no COVID-19 for a particular religion’

In southern Africa, the response to COVID-19 is laden with shortages of food and clean water

Using lessons learned from building health-competent faith communities and responding to the HIV and AIDS epidemic, African church leaders are doing their best to help their communities cope with the novel coronavirus. They are relying, in part, on practical guides and community-friendly reflections developed by the World Council of Churches…