Hunger in the news

4 October 2011

(..) More than 10,000 vulnerable households in Abobo and Yopougon districts in the commercial capital, Abidjan, will receive a text message on their mobile phones alerting them to the transaction and allowing them to withdraw money from local cash points of the telecoms provider MTN, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), which launched the scheme.

7 September 2011

The conflict may have ended in the Ivory Coast, but building a lasting peace is now the struggle. (..) For school age children the key is getting them fed and back to class. School meals programs, when given enough support, accomplish this. The United Nations World Food Progamme (WFP) "plans to feed 568,000 school children in 3,320 primary schools" beginning in November.

4 August 2011

While some facilities in the village, like latrines, and the local school are stretched - the school now runs two daily sessions, one for Liberians, one for Ivoirians - some local villagers say life has improved since the refugees arrived. Food aid is being delivered to refugee and host families by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme; free health services at the local clinic - provided by NGO Merlin - have been stepped up; and a play area for children has been set up by the UN Children�s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children.

28 June 2011

(..) latest IOM figures on internal displacement show while many of the displaced in the west of the country have returned to home villages, tens of thousands still remain displaced in camps. (..) The findings of the assessment will be used by IOM and partner organizations such as UNICEF, UNHCR and WFP to plan food, transport, medical and health assistance for those who wish to return to their homes.

26 May 2011

Hundreds of refugees from Côte d’Ivoire have found a modest sanctuary in Butuo, Nimba County, in eastern Liberia, where they share land and lodgings with a local population of around 3,000. (..) Coly of the UNHCR acknowledged that the "absorptive capacity" of the more than 200 Liberian villages that had taken in refugees had diminished, but noted that the World Food Programme and other agencies were working on expanding food distribution to both refugees and host communities.

24 May 2011

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who is on a visit to Cote d'Ivoire has visited camps for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Abidjan's Cocody district. (..) This camp which has 159 men, women and children, has received aid from humanitarian agencies, especially the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Program (WFP).

17 May 2011

Security in Côte d’Ivoire’s biggest city, Abidjan, is improving and commercial activities such as retail trade and banking are resuming, but tensions remain high in other parts of the country, notably the west, where outbreaks of violence have been recorded, the United Nations reported today. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has reported that some 77,000 people have received food assistance since the start of the month (..).

18 April 2011

After months of fighting, the United Nations refugee agency says it is only now that the desperate conditions under which tens of thousands of homeless people are living is becoming clear.(..)Meanwhile, WFP reports it finally has been able to reach and thoroughly assess the damage done to its warehouse in the commercial capital, Abidjan.(..)WFP spokeswoman, Emilia Casella, says aid workers were surprised and relieved to find that some of the food stock had survived the onslaught and might be recoverable.

18 April 2011

UN agencies are acting in concert to step up humanitarian aid to the people in Cote d'Ivoire in a bid to relieve the civilians from suffering, which was caused by a lengthy political impasse in the West African country, UN officials said Friday.(..)Social cohesion and reconciliation in Cote d'Ivoire were emphasized by WFP spokesperson Emilia Casella, and the food distributions were starting in a number of communities to provide high-energy biscuits transported from neighboring Burkina Faso, the official added.

14 April 2011

South Korea said Thursday it will provide additional humanitarian aid worth US$500,000 for refugees in Ivory Coast, where strife has claimed hundreds of lives.(..) The additional aid will also be supplied through the World Food Program (WFP), the ministry said, adding nearly 1 million people are considered refugees in the African country where violent strife has left 500 people dead over a disputed election last year.