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19 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.


19 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.


17 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.


15 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.


14 September 2011

(..) This time around, the World Food Program and others are still handing out food, but more aid agencies are turning to cash or to food vouchers, enabling hungry people to buy their own supplies, which is intended to encourage private enterprise and not make enemies of Somalia’s powerful businessmen.


14 September 2011

Authorities in Somalia's self-declared independent Republic of Somaliland have given a month's notice to an estimated 80,000 illegal immigrants - mostly Ethiopian - to leave the region. (..) "The ID cards will be given to all IDPs in Puntland; these people will, in particular, get food distribution cards, those for registration, ID cards to enable WFP [World Food Programme] or other aid organizations to count them," said Abdullahi Ahmed Jama, Puntland's Minister for Home Affairs.


13 September 2011

Kuwait and GCC countries have been extremely generous when it came to offering financial support to the famine relief efforts in Somalia, the UN's Undersecretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC) Valerie Amos said here Tuesday. (..) "With al-Shabaab movement controlling a number of major areas, they banned some aid agencies, like the UN's World Food Programme, from practicing their activities," (..).