International aid agency Oxfam has warned of dire consequences from the drought that has hit parts of East Africa for the sixth year in a row. Its comments come after the failure of both rainy seasons in 2009.
Following recent action by Africa, a majority of the world's countries have now banned nuclear weapons from their national territory for the first time, says Jonathan Frerichs. The churches have played an important role in this.
In many parts of Africa 80% to 90% of people live in extreme poverty. Parents struggle to feed their children, and the life expectancy of many children in around five years. Adults rarely live beyond the age of 50 years.
The Malawi Council of Churches has asked John Tembo, the leader of the main opposition Malawi Congress Party to accept the landslide victory of President Bingu wa Mutharika secured in the 19 May 2009 elections
The leader of Africa's largest grouping of churches is urging faith communities and civil society on the continent to unite in a campaign for human rights, acknowledging that "we have often failed to speak with one voice" on this vital common concern.