Hunger in the news

17 August 2011

Malnourished children are flocking into feeding centers in this forested corner of southern Ethiopia after a drought in East Africa extended into this normally fertile region.(..)People without food aid will "definitely be in trouble," World Food Program officer Yohannes Desta said. "Do these people have enough resilience to survive? I don't think so."

11 August 2011

The word 'drought' conjures up images of parched earth and barren plains, which is the situation that flat, coastal African countries such as Somalia and Djibouti are currently facing. (..) 'Everything looks green, but there is nothing suitable for human consumption,' says Melese Awoke of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Addis Ababa.

10 August 2011

Shundure Tekamo faces a tough choice — stay with her severely malnourished son in hospital, or return home in the desperate search for food for her five other children. (..) The UN World Food Program runs a "safety net program," a five-year scheme that provides food and cash in exchange for labour.

29 July 2011

ON JULY 27th, after days of toing and froing, the first aid flight at last landed in Mogadishu, capital of famine-hit Somalia. It carried 10 tonnes of plumpy nut, enough to reverse malnutrition in 3,500 children. (..) The WFP says that 5,000-10,000 people could die of starvation in southern Somalia in August. (..) The result, says Josette Sheeran, the WFP’s boss, is that “we have one-third the number of people suffering from the emergency than we might have done [in Ethiopia].”

25 July 2011

The decades-old conflict in Somalia has long complicated efforts to get aid to its people. Al-Shabab denies there is famine and is preventing some Western aid groups from helping those in need. The U.N. World Food Program has said it cannot reach 2.2 million Somalis at risk of starvation.

22 July 2011

The United Nations says it is ramping up its aid efforts for the drought-hit regions of East Africa. (..) WFP spokeswoman Emilia Casella told reporters in Geneva that the U.N. food agency also aims to provide aid to 40,000 people in the Afgoye region and will start airlifts to the capital Mogadishu in the coming days.

22 July 2011

It is a story that has become a staple of the international news agenda: rains fail in Africa, crops die in the fields, populations start moving, and famine is declared. Famines are rare, but despite all the efforts of the humanitarian community, they do still occur, and this time it is southern Somalia where a combination of severe drought, high food prices and insecurity is putting the lives of millions at risk.

21 July 2011

The UN World Food Program (WFP) said on Thursday it will start airlifting vital supplies of special nutritious foods for the malnourished children who desperately need it in Mogadishu "within days." In a statement issued in Nairobi after visiting the war-torn nation, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran announced that the Horn of Africa nation is facing a "life and death situation."

20 July 2011

Australia will boost its food and emergency aid to the Horn of Africa by $30 million in response to an escalating humanitarian crisis. (..) Mr Rudd said he would travel to Nairobi at the invitation of the executive director of the World Food Programme and then visit border camps between Kenya and Somalia with the UN.

20 July 2011

The UN World Food Program on Wednesday said 11.3 million people are in need of food assistance due to drought in the Horn of Africa, and declared a corporate emergency, (..). "WFP with the support of many has been scaling up and acting on the effects of this drought for more than 6 months," WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran said in a statement received in Nairobi.