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6 September 2011

Nearly too weak to cry, Masteha Jama Mohamed's three-month-old daughter is barely the length of her forearm, as the severely malnourished baby struggles for survival in famine-hit Somalia. (..) The World Food Programme has set up 23 feeding centres in the war-racked city, distributing food to nearly one million people last month. "It is the probably the most difficult operation we have anywhere in the world," said Barry Came, a WFP spokesman. "It is very hard to get on the ground to monitor what's happening."


5 September 2011

Americans have watched in horror as all-too-familiar scenes flash across our television sets from the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa. (..) Non-government organizations (NGOs), the U.S. government, and the World Food Program are racing to stem the tide of starvation, rushing in emergency food aid and providing shelter to the tens of thousands of refugees who are fleeing from Somalia into neighboring Kenya.


5 September 2011

China sent 1,440 tons of wheat from its Tianjin Port to Ethiopia on Friday, the first batch of aid goods the country has supplied to relieve the current drought in the Horn of Africa region. (..) China gave $16 million to the United Nations World Food Programme at the end of August. The money was used to buy wheat and corn from European markets and send those grains to Somalia, the country that is worst hit by the famine.


5 September 2011

The UN on Monday declared another region in Somalia to be in famine. (..) Apart from a few charities, such as Islamic Relief and the Red Cross, most western agencies are banned by al-Shabaab, making it difficult for the UN's World Food Programme, to reach the most distressed areas.


4 September 2011

A sixth region, Bay in central Somalia, has now slipped into famine, according to data released following recent fresh assessment missions. (..) The UN’s World Food Programme is handing out more than 100,000 hot meals a day to families like Mr Aden’s.


4 September 2011

September 5 - IN THE worst hunger crisis the world has seen this century, in the Horn of Africa, 29,000 children may already have perished. More are certain to. But apart from hand-wringing, what have been the reactions to the famine? (..) As one World Food Programme official notes, "aid cannot make it rain."


4 September 2011

(..) Somalia has been hit hardest, its problems compounded by more than 20 years of civil war and Islamist insurgents that banned many aid agencies, including the U.N.'s World Food Program, from their territory.


2 September 2011

Famine-hit areas of southern Somalia will likely spread in coming days, with the situation continuing to worsen despite massive international aid efforts, the United Nations has warned. (..) Aid deliveries into the worst affected areas remains severely limited. The UN World Food Programme "only has partial access to the central areas and virtually none in the south," OCHA added.


2 September 2011

China sent its first shipment of urgently needed humanitarian aid to drought and famine victims in the Horn of Africa on Friday, the Ministry of Commerce said. (..) China announced earlier that it will offer nearly 70 million U.S. dollars in emergency grain aid to the drought-stricken African countries, including a donation of 16 million U.S. dollars in cash to the World Food Program to support its famine-relief operations in Somalia.


1 September 2011

The U.N. refugee agency is “extremely concerned” about the increasingly poor health of Somalis who have arrived recently in Ethiopia after fleeing famine in their home country, it said on Friday. The United Nations has declared famine in five zones in southern Somalia where the al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab militants will not allow the U.N.'s World Food Programme to deliver food aid.