(CCCB – Ottawa)…The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) have announced a joint campaign to respond to the serious food shortage and drought in the Sahel region of West Africa. Pope Benedict XVI earlier this year had appealed to the international community because of the situation. Caritas Internationalis and national Caritas organizations, among them CCODP, have already begun responding to emergency needs in the Sahel and mobilizing to prevent a major humanitarian disaster there.

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