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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.


20 September 2011

The crisis in the Horn of Africa presents a major logistical challenge for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and other international humanitarian organizations responding to the crisis. But moving emergency food to destinations in Somalia is particularly challenging.


20 September 2011

Eastern Africa's worst drought in 60 years has combined with political violence in Somalia to produce what the United Nations is calling the "worst humanitarian disaster" in the world. (..) The extreme al-Shabaab militia…now controls most of southern Somalia. In 2009, it started expelling aid agencies from its territory, including the World Food Programme, and those organisations that remained were unable to use expatriate staff because of the security risks.


18 September 2011

The World’s Shame in Somalia - The UN says that humanitarian groups on the ground like the World Food Program, Red Cross/Red Crescent, UNICEF and others need a total of $2.4 billion to meet the basic humanitarian needs of 13 million people affected by this crisis.


16 September 2011

The Russian assistance in the form of additional monetary contribution will be sent to the UN World Food Programme Fund. (..) Russia is to give 2 million dollars worth of foodstuffs in aid to Somalia, which has been hit by devastating drought.


16 September 2011

The world reacted too slowly to the Horn of Africa hunger crisis leaving aid agencies racing to catch up with the region's needs, the head of a coalition of Britain's leading charities said. (..) Some 4 million people in Somalia need aid and U.N. officials warn food scarcity looks set to worsen in the south. But al Shabaab militants who control the south have blocked the World Food Programme from delivering aid.


15 September 2011

As I've mentioned before, I am a huge supporter of the relief efforts currently in place by the UN World Food Programme and UNICEF, as they do a phenomenal job, but I also wanted to make a more personal impact in relief efforts for famine victims in East Africa, especially in my homeland of Ethiopia.


15 September 2011

As the Friday deadline looms for the Canadian government's promise to match relief dollars for the East African humanitarian crisis, International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda appealed to Canadians to give what they can. (..) Those funds will be distributed through the UN World Food Programme and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for such emergency needs as water, food, sanitation and medical services.