Hunger in the news

5 February 2013

In addition to help with school repairs, other priorities for Timbuktu’s residents are to repair dozens of damaged health centres and bring in fuel to run the electricity and water supply, said Timbuktu mayor Hallé Maïga. Food insecurity in the north is mounting due to disrupted supply routes and shortages of staple products, according to aid agencies. Earlier assessments by the UN World Food Programme indicated that 585,000 northern Malians were food-insecure out of an estimated population of 1.3 million.

4 February 2013

Leaders of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation states are to meet in Cairo on Wednesday to tackle crises ranging from the French-led battle against Islamist militants in Mali to the Syrian civil war.

30 January 2013

The United Nations refugee agency today announced it is urgently preparing for a possible spontaneous return of thousands of conflict-displaced people in northern Mali, where ongoing insecurity is hampering some 380,000 from returning home. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it completed food distributions to 22,000 IDPs in Mopti and 12,000 IDPs in the capital city of Bamako. The distributions had been postponed following the outbreak of fighting and military intervention. Rapid analyses of the food security situation in other affected areas are underway.

25 January 2013

22/01/2013 – Commissioner Georgieva today announced the mobilisation of an additional €20 million for Mali as the worsening crisis requires immediate relief for the people fleeing the conflict and for the growing number of severely malnourished children. These children, approximately 100.000 refugees from Mali in neighbouring countries, and 150.000 people displaced inside Mali who require access to basic food and services will be aided through this new funding.

25 January 2013

The fact that so much has changed in Mali since I was here last month only goes to prove what an unstable world it is. Admittedly, the warning signals were there back in December and by the time I boarded the plane at Bamako to fly back to Europe I grew more and more concerned that we weren’t preparing sufficiently for the hard times to come.

By Kristalina Georgieva

25 January 2013

Geneva/Niamey (ICRC) – Some 7,000 Malians (people displaced by fighting in the Diabali area and families hosting them) are today receiving emergency supplies of food and other basic necessities in the towns of Niono, Kala Seguida and Mariko, in the central part of the country. The aid is being distributed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Mali Red Cross.

21 January 2013

After the French military entered Mali to try to drive out the Islamists, there’s been an uptick in the number of people crossing into neighboring countries – almost 1,500 have crossed into Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso since last week, according to the UN Refugee Agency. (..) Meanwhile, the UN’s World Food Program said on Friday that its distribution of food aid in northern Mali was still suspended because of a lack of security, and many Malians in the south are housing several other families who have fled the conflict in the north.

18 January 2013

While French troops and warplanes battle extremists who are moving toward the capital of Mali, the frightened and isolated people of the north can only watch and wait. “Just now there is still food in the markets, but things are getting worse,” says Zlatan Milisic, who heads the World Food Program’s Mali office in the southern capital Bamako. “There are about 1.8 million people living in the affected areas and one-third of them are already food insecure.”

16 January 2013

The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) says thousands of Malians have become internally displaced or are seeking refuge in neighboring countries as clashes escalate between French troops and Islamist rebels. (..) Last year, the World Food Program managed to reach 1.2 million beneficiaries in the country, more than one-quarter of a million of whom were in the Islamist-rebel-controlled north. WFP says it is monitoring the situation closely, but that growing insecurity is severely limiting access to northern areas. The agency also says it stands ready to respond to increased needs in case of further population movements.

16 January 2013

The World Food Programme (WFP) says despite insecurity, it has managed to provide emergency food to over 270,000 people in the north, including 70,000 internally displaced. In this interview, WFP's spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs, tells UN Radio's Mamadou Alpha Diallo from Geneva, that the food agency stands ready to assist the conflict-affected people in Mali.