Hunger in the news

22 September 2011

The percentage of Kyrgyz families who have extremely poor food security grew from 4% in August 2010 to 14% one year later, Nadezhda Frank, director of programmes for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Kyrgyzstan, said.

26 November 2010

While big emergencies with millions of victims dominate newspaper headlines, every year WFP responds to dozens of other "minor" emergencies that often go overlooked. The numbers may be smaller, but the misery is the same, which is why WFP Emergency Response expert Amy Horton says there's no such thing as a minor emergency.

17 November 2010

By the time Fatima Emilova was six months old she had been hospitalized twice for 10 days at a time with debilitating bouts of diarrhoea. (..) The World Food Programme concluded in 2008 that one-fifth of Kyrgyzstan’s households were at “high nutritional and health risk because of poor food consumption.”

25 August 2010

The United Nations says more than one-quarter of the households in Kyrgyzstan do not have enough food, and that the problem is expected to get worse in the coming months. That figure represents about 1.5 million people. The World Food Program said Tuesday it is preparing to bolster its operations in the country, where almost 350,000 others may soon be in need of food.

24 August 2010

Concerned about rising food prices, a poor harvest and the onset of winter after violent ethnic conflict, the United Nations is ramping up food operations in Kyrgyzstan. "Donor response has so far been very positive -- for which we are extremely grateful," said Carl Paulsson, who heads up World Food Programme (WFP) in Kyrgyzstan, in a news release Tuesday. "But we are going to have to ask the donors to dig even deeper into their pockets to prevent people going hungry through the winter."

11 August 2010

The United Nations World Food Program in Kyrgyzstan intends to provide financial support to the people, who suffered during the clashes in the south of the country, representative of the Program in Kyrgyzstan Rasmus Egendal stated Wednesday at a press conference.(..)“Five hundred thousand people are in distress, and we should apply best efforts, in order to provide them with all the necessary things till winter,” Rasmus Egendal said.

1 July 2010

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is continuing to distribute supplies to people who have been affected by the recent deadly ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan. According to the agency, nearly all of the 75,000 ethnic Uzbeks who fled across the border to Uzbekistan after violence erupted in the Kyrgyz towns of Osh and Jalalabad have returned. Many are sheltering in camps or staying with host families since their homes have been destroyed. So far, WFP has reached 270,000 people uprooted by the violence which broke out three weeks ago with food supplies.

30 June 2010

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is providing aid to victims of the ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan. Fighting in the city of Osh had forced many people to barricade themselves into their neighborhoods. Many others fled to Uzbekistan. Abeer Etefa of WFP reports that the barricades are being lifted and people are returning to their homes. There are food shortages and WFP is distributing wheat flour, oil and high energy biscuits. As of last week over 240,000 people had been given rations. More rations are on the way from warehouses in Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

29 June 2010

Since the 10th of June, when significant acts of violence largely against Uzbeks in the Kyrgyz cities of Osh and Jalalabad began, Uzbekistan has opened its border to accept some 80,000 refugees (..). The international community, including the UN, UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR, ICRC and other organisations, has expressed its deep concern about the situation in South Kyrgyzstan and has been making significant efforts to provide humanitarian aid and contribute to stabilisation.

25 June 2010

Gulasal Vakhitdzhanova gazes sadly at the charred remains of an ancient mulberry tree in what used to be her courtyard. All that is left of the family's belongings is a mangled bed frame. (..) The most immediate priority is food, clean water and toiletries. The U.N. World Food Program says it has distributed more than 650 tons of wheat and oil and airlifted over 110 tons of high energy biscuits into the region. There is also the danger of disease.