INSIDE THIS WEEK’S EDITION: Diseases, violence, amidst famine in Africa; UN sends food to ease famine in Somalia; Iran vows to build more missiles; ISIS attacks Christian monastery; Indonesian Christian governor fails in election bid; What is the Lord’s Day? The Christianity of the Holy Bible; There is only one true God.
“…wars and rumours of wars… for all these things must come to pass. Nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom… famines and pestilences and earthquakes in unusual places…” Matt. 24:6-7
Week of April 23 – April 30, 2017
Diseases and sexual violence threaten Somalis, South Sudanese escaping famine – UN
Millions of people are facing the peril of famine in Somalia and South Sudan, and the situation is expected to worsen as the drought and violence fuelling the crises widen, cautioned senior United Nations officials who have just returned from the area.
Speaking to journalists in New York, John Ging, from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that situation in Somalia was “very fast moving” with more than 6.2 million people in need of food and water, and at risk for cholera and measles.
“My overall impression of the response in Somalia is that the needs are moving very quickly, escalating, but the response is currently keeping pace with those needs. That does not mean that we should be complacent, but it does mean that we have the right team on the ground doing an outstanding job,” said Mr. Ging, who led a team that also included representatives from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
The visit by the so-called emergency directors’ group was meant to ensure coordination among all those involved and to mobilize all the support possible for both countries.
Donors have funded 70 per cent of the $825 million humanitarian appeal for Somalia – which is “unprecedented,” according to Mr. Ging.
The financial support follows the collective failure in 2011 to stop an earlier famine in Somalia, the senior UN official said, and is today seen as a strong message from the international community to work with the Somali Government to prevent a reoccurrence.
In addition to humanitarian aid, families are also receiving more cash-for-work as part of a project led by UNDP and partners. UNDP’s Mourad Wahba said the project is part of an effort to help families “take it into their own hands to decide how aid should be spent.”
The scale-up on the funding side in Somalia is in sharp contrast to the situation in South Sudan, where only about 27 per cent of the $1.6 billion appeal has been met.
UN air-lifts food, medical supplies to 31,000 famine-stricken Somalis
As the drought intensifies in south and north-eastern Somalia, the United Nations emergency food relief agency today airlifted to Mogadishu enough high-energy biscuits to assist 31,000 people for three days.
The shipment, made on a Boeing 747 donated by the UPS Foundation from Dubai, also included medical assistance on behalf of the UN World Health Organization (WHO).
“A rapid response is crucial to support drought-affected families across Somalia,” said WFP Representative and Director of Gulf Office Abdallah Alwardat. “This airlift is a great example of WFP and its partners coming together to reach those furthest behind with life-saving assistance.”
The food is meant for the most vulnerable people – particularly children – who are displaced from their homes without access to food or cooking facilities, WFP said.
According to UN estimates, half of Somalia’s population, including 330,000 acutely malnourished children, is in need of urgent assistance.
The high-energy biscuits are rich in minerals and vitamins and do not require preparation, the UN agency said. WFP will provide other types of live-saving food assistance for the following days.
Iran won’t ask for permission to manufacture missiles, fighter jets
At the ceremony held in Tehran, Dr Rouhani added: “The world powers’ interference and the cancerous tumour of Israel have always been the origin of threat to the security and stability of the Middle East”.
Stating that regional balance and maintaining the deterrent power are essential, he said: “We have never thought about aggression but the road to peace is not a one-way road”.
“If it were not for our resistance in the Sacred Defence and we would look to the United Nations for doing something, the enemy would reach Tehran,” continued the President.
Dr Rouhani also went on to say: “We need strong belief, management and equipment in the battlefield”.
He added: “Defence industry’s equipment manufacturers are carrying the main responsibility of our country’s deterrent power”.
We are grateful to the defence minister, managers, engineers and workers of the defence industry, said the President adding: “We are proud of the commander in chief, all armed forces, IRGC and Basij”.
“We have a supreme leader who has been in the forefront of jihad and resistance from the first day,” said Rouhani, “Those who did not attend the war, do not know how important our defensive achievements are”.
The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran also said: “Those who have attended the war understand the value of the work done by our defence industry and the armed forces better than anyone”.
We all are chiefly responsible to reinforce our defence industry, the President said, adding: “We have spared no effort in helping the defence industry”.
The defence budget has increased 77 per cent in the 11th government, said Rouhani adding: “The defence capabilities’ budget has increased by 146 per cent”.
Mentioning the government’s efforts in the field of defence, he said: “The portion allocated to defence in the government’s budget has increased to 9%. We have had 227% growth in exporting defence products”.
He continued: “The delivery of S-300 to Iran is an honour for the government”.
Emphasising that Iran’s defensive power is deterrent but it is not against any country, he said: “We will not ask for anybody’s permission for manufacturing missiles and fighter jets”.
The great work of the defence ministry must continue with more interaction with universities, continued the President, adding: “The private sector must work closely with the Ministry of Defence in manufacturing parts for the defence industry”.
ISIS Attacks Sinai Monastery in Ongoing War Against Christianity
By Breaking Israel News
ISIS attacked a monastery in the heart of the Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, continuing its wake of terror targeting Christians in Egypt.
ISIS forces opened fire from a hilltop overlooking the police checkpoint situated about 800 yards from Saint Catherine’s Monastery, a popular tourist site in the heart of the Sinai Peninsula. One Egyptian police officer was killed and four others were injured. It is believed that some of the ISIS attackers were wounded before fleeing the scene. The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack via the ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency.
Saint Catherine’s Monastery, part of the Eastern Orthodox Church, was built in the sixth century and is the oldest operating monastery in existence. This is the first time ISIS has attacked a monastery, but it comes ten days after an ISIS affiliated terror group attacked two Coptic Churches in Egypt, setting off bombs that killed 45 people. After the attack, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency. Tensions are high as this recent act of anti-Christian violence comes ten days before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt. ISIS sources stated the terror group will continue to target Christians in Egypt. Egypt, with ten percent of its 90 million people as Christians, has the largest population of Christians in the Middle East.
Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/86713/monastery-sinai-attacked-isis-ongoing-anti-christian-campaign/#pBrkfiPPbgBqKOQB.99