Hunger in the news

12 October 2011

Responding to an appeal by the United Nations for aid to alleviate the famine in Somalia, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently made financial donations of USD 100,000 to both the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

10 October 2011

The EastAfrican in the issue of Oct 3-9, published a story by Rasna Warah which contained a series of errors. Warah’s story erroneously states that the World Food Programme made a declaration of famine in southern Somalia on July 20.

6 October 2011

Individual Canadians have donated tens of millions of dollars to provide food and water in the parched region of East Africa where famine continues to threaten lives. (..) The government funds will go to the World Food Program, the Canadian Red Cross, the International Red Cross and to other charities that the Canadian International Development Agency believes will make the most impact.

6 October 2011

Despite the recent setbacks Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab has suffered on the battlefield, it has shown that it still has the capacity to strike in the heart of the capital, Mogadishu. (..) It has refused the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and other Western aid agencies permission to distribute food in its areas, accusing them of being anti-Islamic and of being infiltrated by US and UK intelligence agencies.

5 October 2011

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has repeatedly appealed to Al-Shabab to allow food aid into famine-affected parts of Somalia under its control. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) suspended its operations in the south when one of its warehouses was ransacked and its food stocks burnt.

5 October 2011

Australians have been urged to dig deep for Africa, with the government pledging to match every dollar donated to Horn of Africa appeals. (..) He described working with United Nations World Food Program operators to go through rows of people, plucking out children who "may not have lasted much longer" and giving them emergency "plumpy'nut" food supplies to help them survive.

4 October 2011

It is early summer in the year 2011, yet it feels like 1992 to the oldest residents of Somalia. (..) So far, the UN's World Food Programme, Oxfam, the Red Cross, UNICEF and several other humanitarian organizations have taken the first steps toward helping the Somali refugees in Kenya and those who are still in Somalia. But there is always more that can be done. And here at Brown, we can do our part.

4 October 2011

(..) Second, PepsiCo announced a new initiative aiming to increase its supply of chickpeas and expanding production of the crop in Ethiopia. Of course, that announcement will make no difference to the people suffering now, but the company's partners, the World Food Program and the U.S. Agency for International Development, say the project has the potential to reduce famine in Africa over the long term.

30 September 2011

Almost four months into the Horn of Africa crisis, aid agencies are involved in much soul-searching as to whether they could have responded more quickly to the drought and famine. (..) After all, relief agencies such as the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) had been sounding the alarm since November 2010. In fact, Caroline Hurford, head of the WFP's liaison office in London, pointed out that her boss, Josette Sheeran - no slouch as a communicator - had been in Mogadishu, Somalia, with media in tow, in April, to draw attention to the impending emergency.

28 September 2011

Aid agencies are racing to save people from starvation in Somalia. UNICEF says that a child dies every 6 minutes in the famine-ravaged country. Severe drought in East Africa, coupled with the conflict in Somalia, has produced one of the worst humanitarian tragedies in decades.