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7 September 2011

Mothers in the world's largest refugee camp, in Dadaaab, Kenya, already have positive things to say about Plumpy'Sup, a special nutrition product WFP introduced by WFP last month.


6 September 2011

A UNHCR assessment team returned yesterday from the Assosa region of western Ethiopia, where refugees have been arriving since late last week amid fighting across the border in Sudan's Blue Nile State. (..) UNICEF is providing water bladders and medical supplies while WFP is sending food urgently to the area.


6 September 2011

(..) However, because of the conflict in the country, aid has been slow to reach the needy. The World Food Programme executive director, Josette Sheeran, has said that an estimated 2.2 million Somalis in desperate need of aid cannot be reached. These are horrifying statistics.


6 September 2011

(..) The World Food Program, the sole supplier of food for refugees here, does not have the funding to cover this catastrophic humanitarian crisis. WFP has helped nearly eight million drought-stricken people in the Horn of Africa since last July, but it does not have the $250 million necessary to sustain people over the next six months.


6 September 2011

Nearly too weak to cry, Masteha Jama Mohamed's three-month-old daughter is barely the length of her forearm, as the severely malnourished baby struggles for survival in famine-hit Somalia. (..) The World Food Programme has set up 23 feeding centres in the war-racked city, distributing food to nearly one million people last month. "It is the probably the most difficult operation we have anywhere in the world," said Barry Came, a WFP spokesman. "It is very hard to get on the ground to monitor what's happening."


6 September 2011

Americans have watched in horror as all-too-familiar scenes flash across our television sets from the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa. (..) Non-government organizations (NGOs), the U.S. government, and the World Food Program are racing to stem the tide of starvation, rushing in emergency food aid and providing shelter to the tens of thousands of refugees who are fleeing from Somalia into neighboring Kenya.


5 September 2011

China sent 1,440 tons of wheat from its Tianjin Port to Ethiopia on Friday, the first batch of aid goods the country has supplied to relieve the current drought in the Horn of Africa region. (..) China gave $16 million to the United Nations World Food Programme at the end of August. The money was used to buy wheat and corn from European markets and send those grains to Somalia, the country that is worst hit by the famine.


5 September 2011

The UN on Monday declared another region in Somalia to be in famine. (..) Apart from a few charities, such as Islamic Relief and the Red Cross, most western agencies are banned by al-Shabaab, making it difficult for the UN's World Food Programme, to reach the most distressed areas.


5 September 2011

A sixth region, Bay in central Somalia, has now slipped into famine, according to data released following recent fresh assessment missions. (..) The UN’s World Food Programme is handing out more than 100,000 hot meals a day to families like Mr Aden’s.


5 September 2011

September 5 - IN THE worst hunger crisis the world has seen this century, in the Horn of Africa, 29,000 children may already have perished. More are certain to. But apart from hand-wringing, what have been the reactions to the famine? (..) As one World Food Programme official notes, "aid cannot make it rain."