Hunger in the news

25 March 2010

Canadian Forces ended their two-month-long relief mission last week. The flow of aid through the seaport has slowed with the departure of navy personnel. The troops have gone and taken their heavy equipment with them; now the airport is closed to international traffic and the flow of aid has slowed through the seaport.

22 March 2010

Mami George, a retired teacher, sits in a courtyard at the small orphanage she manages in San Marie, Port-au-Prince. The area, once home to 2,000 residents, now accommodates some 6,000 people who lost their homes in the January earthquake. (..) Food is distributed daily by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) kitchen in the camp, with 1,300 calories crammed into each serving of porridge or rice and beans - enough to keep these children alive but not enough to drive away the hunger pangs.

22 March 2010

Many Haitians are still in desperate straits — and some even say they feel forgotten — as they crave for food, shelter and other basic needs two months after a devastating earthquake left more than 220,000 people dead in the Caribbean country that is now struggling to recover from the disaster and to rebuild.(..)WFP spokesman Fredrique Pierre said relief operations will continue in a more selective and targeted manner to ensure that aid beneficiaries are reaching those who need it the most.

17 March 2010

Before the earthquake that changed everything, Chlotilde Pelteau and her husband lived a supremely urban existence. A cosmetics vendor and a mechanic, they both enjoyed a steady clientele and a hectic daily routine, serenaded by the beeping cars and general hubbub of Port-au-Prince.

17 March 2010

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) continues to provide emergency food rations in Haiti. In March WFP plans to reach 2.5 million people. WFP's operation is also focused on the reconstruction of the country, for which food will be the foundation.

15 March 2010

MTV News returned to the island in late February to follow the trail of some of the more than $65 million raised during January's "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon. We dropped in on staffers from the 50-year-old United Nations World Food Programme, which delivers life-saving food to victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters across the globe. (..) Surrounded by bags of food in the port of the nation's devastated capital, Port-au-Prince, WFP's Louis Hamann said the organization has brought in about 25,000 metric tons of food (around 55 million pounds) to date. "It just gives you an idea of how massive this operation is for us here in Haiti," he said.

15 March 2010

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon promised Haitians on Sunday that the world has not forgotten the quake-torn nation (..). Thousands of people in the camp came down from their broken homes in the hills above the capital to be near food and water distributions overseen by the U.S. soldiers. Those distributions, like those run by the U.N. World Food Program and others, were largely a success – though many were marred by small-scale violence and corruption by local officials.

12 March 2010

The numbers were apocalyptic: More than 220,000 people killed and 300,000 injured. Over 1 million people displaced from homes. About 280,000 houses either obliterated or damaged. An estimated 25 million cubic yards of rubble to be cleared, much of it from the narrow, congested streets of Port-au-Prince.(..)The decision to deliver only rice instead of adding oil, beans and other foodstuffs was deliberate, said Claude Jibidar, interim director in Haiti for the WFP, because the grain is a staple of the Haitian diet and could be imported and distributed quickly.

10 March 2010


A Miami summit on Haiti reconstruction brings together government agencies and private contractors looking to participate in an expected rebuilding bonanza.(..)The hastily arranged Haiti summit got under way Tuesday and continues Wednesday at the Sofitel Miami Hotel. It has drawn about 140 people interested in participating in the rebuilding efforts in Haiti.(..)Members include firms like Agility Logistics, a large government contractor that is already active in Haiti coordinating humanitarian aid under the United Nations' World Food Programme.

8 March 2010

Aid groups in Haiti's shattered capital Port-au-Prince began handing out heavy bags of rice to thousands of post-quake homeless on the first day of a food "surge" designed to feed 1.9 million people for a month. (..) At the site of one distribution point, WFP spokeswoman Silke Buhr told AFP that the "surge" of free food did not threaten efforts to try to re-establish markets selling groceries. "The fact is that a lot of these people who are receiving the food assistance here today would not be able to buy the products in the market at market prices," which have in many cases tripled since the quake, she said.