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18 July 2011

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga says that new feeding programs should be done in Somalia, not Kenya. Whether that is viable is questionable. The al-Shabab Mujahideen, an Islamist militia group, had prevented the World Food Program and other international relief agencies from working in Somalia since last year, but have recently said they would be willing to lift the ban. Relief groups say al-Shabab's promises mean little unless there are concrete safety measures in place.


18 July 2011

Orr said the World Food Program was not yet ready to trust Shabaab’s sudden reversal. The program supplies aid to some 6 million people in other parts of Somalia and East Africa. “We’re not operating in that part of the country because of death threats and extortionate demands,” he said. “We’re ready to go back, and exploring every channel. But we operate with huge volumes of food — there are up to 1 million in need of assistance in that area. Dumping it and driving away is not an option.”


18 July 2011

International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has urged the global community to help people in drought-hit east Africa to avoid a "catastrophe". (..) The World Food Programme estimates 10 million people are affected by the worst drought in over half a century.


17 July 2011

What is a famine? The United Nations has not yet declared the food crisis in the Horn of Africa a famine, but parts of the region have been classified as being in a "humanitarian emergency" phase, which is only one step away from a "famine" designation on the UN's scale of food security assessment. (..) The system was developed by several UN agencies and non-governmental organizations, including the World Food Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization, CARE and Oxfam.


16 July 2011

Choking droughts in East Africa could result in a human catastrophe unless the world community is prepared to give immediate help, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has said. (..) The World Food Programme estimates that the drought in the Horn of Africa is the worst in over 50 years, and is affecting more than 10 million people.


16 July 2011

Germany pledged a further five million euros ($7 million) in emergency aid to the drought-ravaged Horn of Africa. (..) The cash will go to organisations working in the affected region and to the UN World Food Programme.


15 July 2011

A £52.25 million emergency aid package has been put together to help millions of drought victims in the Horn of Africa, the Government announced. (..) The World Food Programme estimates that 10 million people already need humanitarian aid and the UN Children's Fund believes more than two million youngsters are malnourished and in need of life-saving action.


15 July 2011

New Zealand will provide $2 million in response to the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa due to severe drought. (..) McCully said new Zealand's contribution will be made via the United Nation's World Food Programme (WFP) and accredited New Zealand non-government organisations (NGOs) with established partnerships in the affected region.


15 July 2011

The latest funding brings to €5.6m the total Irish support since the start of 2011 for victims of the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa. €750,000 will fund the World Food Programme's efforts across the region to dramatically increase the distribution of highly-nutritious foodstuffs to small children and pregnant women, who are particularly vulnerable.


14 July 2011

Working with the World Food Program, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, non-governmental organizations, international donors, and others, we need to ensure adequate shelter, food, and health conditions not only for the Somali refugees streaming into Ethiopia and Kenya, but for other areas -- like northeast Kenya -- where severe malnutrition is rampant.