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29 August 2011

An aid organization will soon pay for donkeys to carry supplies in Dadaab, Kenya, hoping it will make a big difference to people who trekked to the world's biggest refugee camp for food, water and shelter. (..) "For me, it's a picture of desperation," said Lydia Wamala, the World Food Program spokeswoman in Dadaab. "The last figure that I saw for acute malnutrition was about 30 per cent, on average, all over Dadaab — and that is two times above the emergency threshold, which is 15 per cent."


29 August 2011

Yesterday, I went to the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya with a delegation including longtime ONE supporters Cindy McCain, NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo and musician K'naan. (..) Aid workers, including those from the World Food Program, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), CARE, Oxfam and others are doing heroic work in the most challenging situation.


29 August 2011

(..) The Norwegian government continued its donations to UN agencies to help them fight hunger. Dena Gudaitis of the UN World Food Programme says, “WFP is incredibly grateful to Norway for providing a generous and flexible contribution to WFP on a yearly basis for our overall relief operations. This year, WFP has allocated US$ 5 million from Norway funding to operations in Kenya and Ethiopia.”


29 August 2011

Development Seed recently launched horn.wfp.org, a mapping tool that visualizes one of the worst famines in recent history that's unfolding in the Horn of Africa. We did this project in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), the food aid arm of the United Nations, to leverage data from the humanitarian community to better communicate about the story behind the crisis and relief efforts to the wider public.


28 August 2011

It still works. Western military intervention—no matter how halfhearted and apparently ineffectual—is still sufficient to tip the balance against a rogue regime. (..) Above all, I was worrying about Somalia, where Josette Sheeran of the World Food Program warns that 2 million people could die because the Islamist militants known as Al-Shabab are preventing the distribution of emergency food supplies to the famine-stricken south of the country.


28 August 2011

(..) INTERVIEW WITH DENA GUDAITIS Mongabay: What is the WFP's background? Dena Gudaitis: The World Food Program is the largest humanitarian agency in the world, currently operating in some 70 countries aiming to feed 90 million people annually. You can find a lot of information on our website: including photos, video, beneficiary stories, docs, etc.


27 August 2011

(..) The U.N. World Food Program estimated in late July that about 12 million people across the region would require food aid, including 2.8 million in Somalia alone. It is thought that the crisis will worsen through August and September, and that aid will be required at least through December.


26 August 2011

Nancy Lindborg is the head of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development. (..) We remain cautiously optimistic that access will be negotiated. And we’re learning that [al-Shabab] is not monolithic — there are different ways and systems where assistance can reach southern Somalia. But this is still one of the most insecure operating environments on the planet right now. Fourteen World Food Program workers were killed in 2008 just before the group was banned by al-Shabab.


25 August 2011

Former President Jerry John Rawlings is expected to join hands with 11 year old Ghanaian School boy Master Andrew Adansi-Bonnah's to raise funds to save women and children from hunger in Somalia. (..) The Programme is supported by UNICEF Ghana, World Food Programme Ghana, the Country Awards Council (..).


25 August 2011

The drought in the Horn of Africa is affecting 12.4 million people, according to the United Nations, which says that the continent is facing its most serious food crisis since the famine in Somalia in 1991-1992. Here is a timeline of the crisis" (..) JULY: (..) 27: The World Food Programme begins airlifting emergency supplies to Mogadishu.