Hunger in the news

25 February 2014

The United Nations World Food Programme – WFP – is airlifting tonnes of rice and cereal as many roads are dangerous and unpassable and are destined to become even more so as the rainy season approaches. Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni spoke to WFP spokesperson Frances Kennedy who explains that although the ongoing violence is a challenge for staff and partners on the ground, a programme is in place to move in enough food for 1.25 million people affected by violence.

18 February 2014

The Central African Republic remains gripped in tit-for-tat inter-communal violence that has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes since December. In the northern town of Kaga Bandoro, tensions have been growing.

27 January 2014

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has called for security to be re-established along the main roads in Central African Republic (CAR) to allow access for vital aid and humanitarian staff, as 38 trucks with a month’s supply of food for 155,000 people remained blocked at the frontier. But despite the ongoing violence and insecurity, WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said on Saturday that the agency was providing aid to more than 110,000 displaced people in Bangui, the capital, and other towns. She said clashes at checkpoints along the Beloko-Bangui corridor continued to hamper the movement of trucks, with cereal stocks running low and close to being exhausted.

23 January 2014

Alexis Masciarelli, you work with the World Food Programme and you join us from the capital, Bangui. You have delivered food but now you are issuing a warning that deliveries are being stopped. “It’s all due to the ongoing violence around the country. We are still delivering food. (..) The problem is that we have trucks that are carrying our food blocked at the border between Cameroon and Central African Republic,” says Masciarelli.

22 January 2014

A day after Catherine Samba-Panza, the mayor of the capital Bangui, was elected interim president by the transitional parliament, residents said the city was unusually calm, apart from isolated acts of looting by gangs of youths. The UN World Food Programme warned it was running out of supplies for a growing number of homeless people, including about 100,000 Bangui residents who have fled to a sprawling tent city near the airport where foreign troops are based.

21 January 2014

The World Food Program warns it is running out of emergency food aid in Central African Republic. The U.N. agency says supply routes are blocked as fighting and insecurity worsen. WFP spokesperson Frances Kennedy says as the number of people in need has risen the amount of available food aid has declined.

21 January 2014

The United Nations has said it was running out of food for a growing number of homeless people in Central African Republic, with spreading unrest hobbling distribution efforts. The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday that 38 trucks carrying rice are stuck at the Cameroon border and drivers were refusing to cross the frontier due to the threat of attacks. "WFP cereal stocks are close to being exhausted and pulses too will soon run out," said a WFP statement.

20 January 2014

And in a release yesterday, the World Food Programme said that an estimated 2.6 million people in the country are now in need of humanitarian assistance. (..)The UN has designated the country as one of the top three global humanitarian emergencies, and has put out an urgent appeal for a $271-million Strategic Response Plan to ease what it calls a "mega-tragedy." The WFP, meanwhile, is seeking $117 million to assist 1.25 million people in the country. George is the WFP's Canada Ambassador Against Hunger.

20 January 2014

The state no longer exists in the Central African Republic. On Friday, a spokeswoman for the World Food Program said that about 40 aid trucks carrying rice were stuck at the border, unable to enter the country because of the absence of customs officials. By next week, she warned, cereal stocks will be exhausted here in the nation’s capital.

15 January 2014

The drop in violence has enabled relief agencies to resume deliveries of food and medical aid, but the World Food Program expressed concern on Tuesday that “new waves of violence” around the town of Bozoum had restricted access to people in need. (..) The World Food Program has appealed for $107 million in aid to the Central African Republic, but reported on Tuesday that it had received only 12 percent of that amount and had not received any additional funds from donors since the start of the year.