Hunger in the news

9 December 2009

Raging ethnic violence in north-western Democratic Republic of Congo has now driven 115,000 people from their homes and forced aid agencies to put their work in the region on hold. (..) The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said it had put on hold its plan to deliver food to the displaced in Equateur province because of insecurity. "WFP asks all actors in the area to facilitate humanitarian deliveries to help those in need," a WFP spokeswoman said.

8 December 2009

No matter how often you hear stories and feel prepared for what you will see you are never ready for what is almost the fourth world.(..)The World Food Program and UNESCO are organizations that I saw provide great help in the Congo.

26 November 2009

The United Nations' World Food Programme next week will start distributing food aid to more than 50,000 people driven out of their homes by ethnic violence in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo. (..) "This is another serious humanitarian situation in Congo which must be tackled," Stephanie Savariaud, a WFP spokeswoman in Kinshasa told AlertNet.

19 November 2009

The French ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Pierre Jacquemot, and the representative of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Kinshasa, Abdou Dieng, on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding, worth 1.5 million euros, in a bid to strengthen the UN agency's efforts in providing food to victims of armed conflicts in the country.

20 October 2009

Night-time attacks on civilians and rape by armed men remain widespread in a strife-torn region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where nearly5,400 cases of rape were reported in the first six months of the year (..) The UN World Food Program (WFP) has been providing three-month food rations to the returning IDPs while the UNHCR has supplied non-food items, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) farm tools and other agriculture inputs.

23 September 2009

At least 65,000 people who fled clashes in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have begun to return to their villages on a voluntary basis, the UN refugee agency announced Wednesday. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) is providing the returnees with rations of food for three months and a kit of non-food items to help them resume their farming lives.

18 September 2009

The World Food Program says it will start distributing food next week to 40,000 internally displaced people returning to their homes from camps around the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. (..) "The assistance is designed to help them resettle and work their fields during the current planting season," Casella explained.

21 August 2009

The UN’s World Food Programme says it has a shortfall of $3bn (£1.8bn) in 2009. WFP and other agencies are hoping raising brand awareness will help in their fundraising for activities such as food distribution in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Picture: Marcus Prior, WFP

12 August 2009

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Congolese President Joseph Kabila say they are both committed to improving security in Congo's troubled Kivu regions. (..) The U.N. World Food Program's Stephanie Savariaud says it is all about security. "The biggest challenge is what to decide to do. To go back home? Maybe not, it is too dangerous. To stay here? But they have no field to cultivate food. Safety is the key for people like IDP's for sure," she said.

29 July 2009

Mawuwa felt confused and scared when she returned to the eastern Congolese province of South Kivu after spending a decade in refugee camps across Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania. (..) "Food was hard to find. I was breast-feeding and I needed to eat a lot to have milk. But there was never enough for me to eat. I was always waiting for food and help from the World Food Programme."