Hunger in the news

16 March 2011

Insecurity and the resulting limited humanitarian access in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s largest city are compounding United Nations efforts to aid some of the 300,000 people displaced by fighting stemming from defeated president Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to leave office. (..) The aid consists of non-food items such as blankets, mats, tents, mosquito nets and soap. In addition, the IDPs are receiving food provided by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), as well as medicine donated by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

15 March 2011

UNHCR, via local implementing partners, began aid distribution in Abidjan this past weekend to some of the many thousands of people who have fled fighting. (..) The aid we have been handing out consists of non-food items (blankets, mats, tents, mosquito nets and soap). In addition, the IDPs are receiving food provided by the World Food Programme, as well as medicine donated by UNICEF and the International Federation of the Red Cross.

14 March 2011

The World Food Programme (WFP) has said it aims to boost aid to tens of thousands of people fleeing from violence in Ivory Coast, as another UN agency warned that their humanitarian needs had "gone largely overlooked".

11 March 2011

The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said Friday it plans to assist over 125,000 people in the Ivory Coast as well as some 80,000 who have poured into neighbouring Liberia in a bid to flee the violence in their country. (..) The number of refugees and internally displaced people is reaching worrying proportions and with violence against civilians continuing in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) it can only get worse,' the WFP's Regional Director Thomas Yanga said. R

10 March 2011

RTT News - United States President Barack Obama has announced an aid of $12.6 million in emergency funds to international and non-governmental organizations assisting refugee and other displaced populations resulting from recent political unrest and violence in Ivory Coast. (..) The U.S. Agency for International Development had already provided some $4.1 million in funding and food aid to the United Nations World Food Program, UNICEF, and several NGOs in Liberia.

25 January 2011

Villages along Liberia's border with Ivory Coast are overwhelmed with refugees but the country will not allow its own stability to be threatened, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said. (..) Johnson Sirleaf thanked the countries and agencies helping Liberia to cope, naming the United States, Libya, the World Food Programme, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Norwegian Refugee Council.

14 January 2011

The United Nations World Food Program says it is scaling up its emergency operations to provide food to more than 22,000 Ivorians in Liberia who have fled the political crisis in Ivory Coast. “Yesterday we got into the new phase of distributions, what we call the general food distributions, where we could reach the target number of 22,500 people,” explained Malek Triki, a spokesman for the group.

14 January 2011

Ivoirians are still crossing from western Côte d'Ivoire into Liberia at a rate of 400 to 600 a day, according to an "initial refugee assessment" issued by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Using data drawn from a four-day mission to Liberia border areas earlier this month, the WFP's study on the Ivoirian refugee influx and food security notes that "refugee consumption is inadequate" and highlights the need for refugees to receive either full food rations or partial rations complemented by supplementary feeding.

6 January 2011

Once known as the Paris of West Africa with croissants flown in daily, the Ivory Coast has undergone a decade of turmoil. (..) Some 21,000 Ivoirians have fled to impoverished neighboring Liberia where they were receiving food, shelter and clean water from the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, and the World Food Program, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky reported in New York on Wednesday.

5 January 2011

Aid deliveries to 22 000 refugees from Ivory Coast who fled the post-election crisis are being stepped up in neighbouring Liberia, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday. (..) The UN's World Food Programme is unlocking food supplies for 21 000 people, while Ivorian refugees were helping their host communities with harvests in return for a portion of the crops in.