Nabagoye, Uganda


Emergency Famine Relief
for Ugandan Jews

Jews in Uganda are at risk due to drought and war in neighboring South Sudan. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has supported this Jewish community in the past, and their Rabbi Gershom Sizomu visited Pittsburgh last year. Rabbi Sizomu reports from the disaster zone through the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, “People look dehydrated and starving. People got sick and weak, and there are people who died because of complications because of the food shortage. People were already sick, so without food they become weaker and weaker.” 

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is working with our international partner the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a part of the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (JCDR). The coalition has experience in Africa and stands ready to help. Please support  this vulnerable community in their time of need.

Donate to Emergency Famine Relief below.

Please read these news stories. 


Uganda Famine Relief

Uganda’s Jews are down to one meal a day because of East Africa famine
Source: Times of Israel

Uganda’s 2,000 Jews have long maintained a modest existence. They live in the east of the country in a hilly, rural area that lacks paved roads, consistent electricity and freely running water.

But this year, the situation for Uganda’s Jewish community, called the Abayudaya, has worsened.

Twenty million people across Africa and the Middle East are now at risk of illness and death due to a famine that is centered in Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen and South Sudan. Caused by a mix of factors, including civil wars, underdeveloped infrastructure, and a drought, the famine is “the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN,” Stephen O’Brien, the emergency relief coordinator for the United Nations, said in March.


Uganda Famine Relief

Charities join forces to #fightfamine
Source: CNN

Eight international relief organizations are saying enough is enough.

More than 20 million people are facing starvation across northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and neighboring countries according to the UN.

Nearly 1.4 million of the affected people are children.

The Global Emergency Response Coalition is taking action by launching a fundraising appeal from July 17 through July 28. Formed in April, the coalition is comprised of CARE, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision.

"Our goal is to raise awareness around the world and especially at home," CARE's COO Heather Higginbottom told CNN.


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