Hunger in the news

23 July 2009

Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture Nazar Muhammad Gondal has said that World Food Program (WFP) is playing a commendable role for IDPs and in ensuring food security in Pakistan. The Minister said this while talking to Country Director WFP Mr Wolfgeing and Director of Performance and Accountability Ms Rabeeca Hansen who called on him here in his office on Wednesday.

20 July 2009

Almost 150,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) have received food provisions from World Vision and the World Food Programme (WFP) in an effort to meet the immediate food needs of IDPs and relieve some of the burden being borne by generous and impoverished host families.

17 July 2009

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes has asked the international community to bolster aid to the more than two million people who had fled the conflict between the armed forces and insurgents in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province. (..) For example, the government had set up ATMs which had issued cash assistance of up to Rs25,000 each to some 90,000 families thus far, while the World Food Programme (WFP) had set up 40 food aid hubs outside the camps.

16 July 2009

U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes Wednesday urged the international community to bolster aid to the more than 2 million people displaced by the anti-Taliban offensive in Pakistan north-west. (..) For example, the Government had set up ATM machines which had issued cash assistance of up to 25,000 rupees each to some 90,000 families thus far, while the World Food Programme (WFP) had set up 40 food aid hubs outside the camps.

14 July 2009

People displaced by fighting in Swat began returning to their homes on Monday under a government repatriation programme. (..) Each returning family was given a food package – 80kgs of flour, 8kgs of pulses, 5 litres of cooking oil, 1kg of salt, 1kg of high-energy biscuits, 4kgs of sugar and 300 grams of tea – by the World Food Programme.

9 July 2009

The United Nations on Wednesday expressed its appreciation for the cooperation with the Pakistani government, while expressing concern about the internally displaced persons (IDPs) for the coming monsoon. (..) After visiting Sang-e-Marmar hub, where hundreds of displaced living in non-camp situations were receiving rations from UN World Food Programme and non-food items from UNHCR and UNICEF, Holmes ended the day with a visit to Yar Hussain camp in Swabi district. The camp is home to almost 30,000 displaced people hailing mainly from Buner district.

3 July 2009

As many as 13 terrorists including commander Naeemullah were killed and 24 were apprehended along with lot of arms, ammunition and equipment (..). The World Food Programme has started its operation in Bajaur from 30 June, 2009. Food distributions hub at Abbottabad has been established and has started delivery food items to 655 registered IDP families out of 872. The World Food Programme (WFP) is setting up its ‘Food Hub’ at Buner and will start functioning by 4 July. It will deliver rations to approx 3000 returning families for 6 months.

2 July 2009

They were sitting by the side of the road, safe, but with no idea, now that they were out of range of mortars and bullets, where to go. Their children were crying, hot, thirsty and scared. While the 13 members of the Chamar family sat in this town below the Swat Valley, wondering what on earth to do, the men of the Sina family appeared, from their home down a nearby alley.(..) The family was already struggling; Mrs. Sina needs a kidney operation they have not been able to afford. The Chamars are getting rations through the World Food Program but the Sinas are paying for extra water and everything else.

1 July 2009

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun providing monthly food rations to families returning home to tribal areas following the recent upsurge in fighting in NWFP. More than two million people have been displaced by the conflict and small numbers are only just beginning to return to their villages. “WFP is providing a lifeline to those who have been forced to abandon their homes due to heavy fighting,” said WFP Pakistan Country Representative Wolfgang Herbinger.

1 July 2009

Australia on Wednesday committed an extra five million dollars (four million US) to humanitarian assistance in Pakistan and one million dollars to support elections in Afghanistan. The Pakistan funds would be used to help 2.5 million people displaced by fighting with Taliban militants in the country's troubled northwest, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said. "This latest contribution will enable the World Food Programme to transport local stockpiles of wheat flour to those in need and will feed around one million displaced people over the next six months," he said.