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Hunger in the world: Mr Roy (Caritas), “provide food and work on causes of conflicts before it is too late”

“We need a stronger global awareness for people to realise that humanity is in danger. We must act before it is too late. Providing food is absolutely necessary, but we also need to work on the root causes of conflicts”. Michel Roy, Secretary-General of Caritas Internationalis, said this in an interview with SIR news agency, echoing recent warnings by the UN: the world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945. 20 million people are on the brink of starvation from famine. The worst affected regions are South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria. “The world does not care about the wellbeing of the poor”, he said. “I do not know if this is the worst crisis since 1945, but the situation is very dire indeed. The United Nations has reported hunger in 4 countries, but many more are struggling. The causes are mainly related to conflict or climate change, which are both man-made”. Yet the international community and public opinion are slow to act. “Six years have passed since the beginning of the war in Syria, but who has bothered to find solutions? Man’s thirst for power is to blame alongside the irresponsibility of those who tolerate all this”, he remarked. “I believe that the individual and collective conscience of people is rather weak. We care about trivialities like our mobile phones. And we do not realise what is really urgent. Pope Francis spoke of the globalisation of indifference: this is one of the challenges of this time in history”. The most serious emergency in Africa today is South Sudan, where Pope Francis would like to go alongside the Primate of the Anglican Church, Justin Welby, but we still do not know if the trip will be feasible: “It would be wonderful if the Pope were able to go. In Juba it is possible. We generally do not attend Papal trips, but this time, if it is feasible, we have asked to participate together with the Anglican charity to show the importance of the Churches’ humanitarian response”.

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