9 April 2010
Five years ago, Sudan's government and southern rebels made peace, officially ending a brutal 21-year civil war.(..)But tensions between the north and the south have escalated in recent weeks ahead of the country's first multi-party elections in 24 years, set for Sunday.(..) Photograph caption: Women from the Dadinga tribe carry boxes of oil during a food distribution by the World Food Programme (WFP) in the village of Lauro in Eastern Equatoria State, south Sudan, April 3, 2010.
9 April 2010
Millions of Sudanese are preparing to vote in presidential, legislative and gubernatorial elections this weekend, but the belated polls come at a time when Sudan continues to grapple with significant humanitarian challenges.(..)Across the country, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that some 4.3 million people will require food assistance at some point this year.
9 April 2010
Chaos and confusion reign in Sudan’s first multiparty elections for 24 years. But the vote could yet benefit a huge country that is likely soon to split into two.(..)As a result, about 4m Darfuris still rely on food aid from the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP).
9 April 2010
Three-day-old Odong Obong lay in the hospital bed, his pencil-thin arms almost motionless and his shriveled, gaunt face resembling that of an elderly man. Emaciated babies and young children throughout the ward bore the signs of hunger: exposed ribs and distended stomachs. Outside, old villagers reclined motionless in the shade, too frail to walk.(..)The World Food Program quadrupled its assistance levels from January to March in the Akobo region of southeastern Sudan.
6 April 2010
Aid agencies are warning of an impending food emergency in South Sudan, where "unexpected and alarming" malnutrition rates in one region, devastated by drought and tribal conflict, have prompted an appeal for urgent extra funding.(..)The World Food Programme estimates that nearly half the population will need food aid at some point this year.
25 March 2010
Over 1,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned home to Maban County in Upper Nile State by mid-March, 2010. (..) Upon arrival, each individual received food rations for three months from the World Food Programme and non-food items including cooking pots, eating utensils, blankets, soap, sleeping mats and mosquito nets from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Medair.
15 March 2010
Amer Daoudi, regional director for United Nations World Food Progrmme (WFP) in Sudan, has urged donors Monday to give more assistance and warned that food security situation in Southern Sudan has worsened due to the drought and insecurity.
10 March 2010
Just over half of about four million people who fled the civil war in South Sudan have returned there after the 2005 peace agreement, the International Migration Agency said on Tuesday.(..)About 4.3 million people in the south relied on food aid last year, according to the UN's World Food Programme.
19 February 2010
Officials are appealing for calm during the campaign period ahead of upcoming historic elections in April as insecurity remains a major concern in Southern Sudan. (..) Hunger is also a major problem: the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that the number of people in the south needing food aid has more than quadrupled, from just less than a million in 2009 to 4.3 million this year, because of conflict and drought.
5 February 2010
About 11 million people in Sudan will need food aid in 2010 because of conflict, drought and high food prices in the country, the Rome-based World Food Programme said. The number of the people needing food aid in South Sudan has also increased from about one million in 2009 to over 4.3 million this year. “One is the drought and the second factor is inter-tribal conflicts,” WFP Southern Sudan Coordinator Leo Van Der Veldon told reporters.
- Conflict in Darfur threatens humanitarian assistance in Sudan: WFP Source: Xinhua News Agency
- 'Real peace' elusive in Sudan's Darfur 10 years on Source: The Daily Star (Lebanon) / AFP
- Sudan Launches Major Dam to Boost Agricultural Production, Investment Source: The New York Times
- South Sudan's Aid Workers Concerned About Flood of Sudanese Refugees Source: VOA
- Not too late for aid to Sudan war zone: WFP boss Source: AFP