Central America – real hardship………….
Our newest region of Central America is experiencing real hardship. Over half a million people in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have all been experiencing a food crisis due to prolonged drought in the region that shows no signs of abating. Those who have been affected the most have been subsistence farmers, farm labourers and low-income families, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Guatemala is one of the countries worst affected by climate change. The drought is causing high losses of corn and beans, the basic grains for the population, and the death of thousands of cattle. The government declared the State of Calamity in 16 of the 22 departments. The Eastern side of the country is the most affected, with total loss in Chortí municipalities. Christian Aid partner, Bethania, has been working with the Chorti communities who have, in most cases, lost all their crops. There have been 26 confirmed deaths due to malnutrition among children with 1 in 4 families suffering from severe malnutrition. Honduras and Guatemala have been working with UN Humanitarian Country Teams to draft Emergency Response Plans.
The situation is very similar in El Salvador, where more than 80% of farmers have reported that they lost all of their crops. UN Agencies have been supporting the government of El Salvador with emergency response.
Thanks so much for any help that can be given in the form of prayers, to support the work that is needed there.