Should Canada do more to help avert the growing famine in South Sudan?
Sunday on Cross Country Checkup: starvation crisis.
War and famine stalk millions in South Sudan. As mothers and children gather in feeding stations, their haunted faces say it all - sunken expressions of hunger and despair.
Should Canada do more to help avert the growing crisis?
More from this episode:
- Journalist Julia Bicknell on her experiences in conflict-ridden South Sudan
- 'All I saw was helplessness, desperation and starvation': Winnipeg man's account of South Sudan refugee camp
- Education and common language needed for progress in South Sudan: Checkup caller
Inflation has reached crippling levels. People simply can't afford food. The growing hunger spreads. In a country with few serviceable roads and aid workers are under attack, humanitarian agencies resort to air drops to deliver food.
The sick can't get help, as state clinics sit closed or understaffed. Even at UN camps set up to shelter tens of thousands of homeless, there are reports of lawlessness with women and girls facing horrendous levels of rape and sexual violence.
United Nations officials say more than twenty million are facing famine in the conflict-torn countries of South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria. It's been called the "largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War." The cost of averting it is pegged at over 4 billion dollars.
What should Canadians do?
The Prime Minister declared "Canada is back" on the world stage, after his election. Last year, the federal government committed to beefing up peace operations around the globe. Right now, there are 10 Canadian soldiers on the ground in Sudan. Do you think the government should commit more peacekeepers?
What about humanitarian aid? Canada has provided $37 million dollars to South Sudan this year. Should we give more? What can be done to help civilians in countries torn by war and extremism? Remember humanitarian aid is expensive and the cost of peacekeeping is inevitably measured in human lives.
Our question today: "Should Canada do more to help avert the growing famine in South Sudan?"
Father Nicholas Mauro Iko
Priest at St. Alphonsus Church in Windsor, Ont.
Chief communications coordinator UNICEF South Sudan, Totto Chan Compound, Juba.
CBC News Europe correspondent.
Member of Parliament for Compton-Stanstead, Que. Minister of International Development.
International affairs journalist based in London, England.
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