Hunger in the news

26 September 2011

On September 23, 2011 at the United Nations, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced approximately $42 million in additional humanitarian assistance which includes an additional $30 million for Somalia. (..) Part of our humanitarian assistance benefits those in need of food assistance and allows our food aid partners, including the UN World Food Program (WFP), to expand geographic coverage and scale up feeding programs in drought-affected areas in Ethiopia and Kenya.

25 September 2011

Donations from Ireland for the drought-stricken region of East Africa continue to rise according to aid agencies. (..) The UN World Food Programme recently highlighted the link between food insecurity and conflict.

23 September 2011

The World Food Program is moving to address hunger among the most vulnerable in famine-ravaged Horn of Africa — young children and their mothers, the U.N. food chief said Friday. World Food Program Executive Director Josette Sheeran told The Associated Press that the agency is concentrating especially on children 2 years old and younger, airlifting into the region 244 metric tons of a highly fortified peanut butter-like food paste made from nuts.

22 September 2011

Hundreds of displaced families taking refuge from the drought in a town on the Kenya-Somalia border have been forced to flee fighting between forces loyal to the Somali administration and Al-Shabab insurgents, said locals. (..) Dheere said the UN World Food Programme (WFP) had provided food rations to some of the people "but only to those that could be reached".

21 September 2011

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged al-Shabaab, the Islamist militant group that controls parts of drought-stricken Somalia, to allow food aid into the south, where 300,000 children may starve to death. (..) The situation in Somalia will probably get worse before it improves as the effects of drought and famine spread in the region, Josette Sheeran, executive director of the UN World Food Programme, said in an interview in New York yesterday.

20 September 2011

Severely malnourished child from southern Somalia is being held in a makeshift shelter in a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. The United Nations World Food Programme is bolstering its nutritional support for malnourished children and mothers in the Horn of Africa. WFP is also expanding its use of cash transfers to help drought-hit families get the food they need [Photo capture].

20 September 2011

As photos of famine come to Central Minnesota from 8,000 miles away, local Somalis are organizing assistance to send across the Atlantic. (..) Those nations have pledged more than $500 million of their citizens’ money for Somalia, and other agencies, such as the United Nations’ Children’s Fund and World Food Programme, have sent thousands of pounds of high-energy biscuits, rice, baby formula, medicine and more.

20 September 2011

(..) China has announced that it would offer nearly $70 million in emergency grain aid to drought-stricken African countries, including a donation of $16 million in cash to the World Food Program to support its famine-relief operations in Somalia.

20 September 2011

With literally millions of people in the Horn of Africa threatened with starvation, the U.S. Agency for International Development is partnering with the Ad Council to launch a national public awareness campaign. The goal is getting Americans to support humanitarian organizations engaged in relief operations, including the American Refugee Committee, (..) and World Food Program USA.

20 September 2011

One of the tragedies of our time is the prevalence of malnutrition. Maternal and child undernutrition is the underlying cause of 3.5 million deaths in children under five each year.  For those who manage to survive, nearly 200 million children are stunted - that means they are short for their age, more likely to suffer from disease and their intellectual development is affected.