Hunger in the news

15 February 2012

The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday called on Sudan and rebels in areas bordering South Sudan to grant immediate access for U.N. aid workers to the turbulent region, expressing "deep and growing alarm" at rising hunger levels.

9 February 2012

The report released Wednesday by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP) says that fighting in the northern border region and ethnic clashes in many other parts of South Sudan has created a level of food insecurity that could nearly double in the next year. (..) "The situation is dire," said Chris Nikoi, WFP's country director in South Sudan. "This is a rapidly approaching crisis that the world cannot afford to ignore."

8 February 2012

The United Nations says ongoing conflict and a weak harvest in South Sudan have put millions of people on the brink of a severe hunger crisis. (..) The World Food Program's South Sudan director, Chris Nikoi, described the situation as “dire,” saying the international community is “running out of time” to prevent a humanitarian crisis in the country.

3 February 2012

South Sudan's decision to shut down its oil output will make many more people dependent on food aid in one of the world's most undeveloped nations, the United Nations said. (..) "The situation in the country is extremely precarious, and the risk of a dangerous decline is very real," said Valerie Amos, U.N. under-secretary for humanitarian affairs. South Sudan in 2012 will see an earlier and "longer season of hunger" than last year, she said late on Thursday after visiting Pibor town in Jonglei state which has been hit hard by tribal violence. (..) The U.N. World Food Program warns one third of its population will require food aid this year.

18 January 2012

Recently, after travelling on the bumpy to non-existent "roads" of South Sudan, I came away impressed -- impressed with the hopeful vision of a country that has enormous potential to move quickly into a state of relative food self sufficiency, perhaps within less than a generation. (..) While on my field visit to the Eastern and Central Equatoria states, I witnessed the collective efforts of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP), both of whom receive valuable financial support from USAID, to support the Republic of South Sudan's endeavors to tackle food insecurity through a wide range of recovery activities.

10 January 2012

The number of civilians fleeing violence along a remote border area of South Sudan has increased over the past few days. (..) “We have continued movement of people who have fled the communal violence in and around the town of Pibor,” said David Orr, a WFP spokesperson in Nairobi.“This population seems to be moving towards the town of Boma, which is toward the Ethiopian border.” (..) We have food. It is just a matter of getting it to the people who are most in need,” he said.

9 January 2012

Tens of thousands of people who have fled tribal violence in a remote area of South Sudan are in desperate need of food, the United Nations said on Saturday. (..) Fighting broke out last week between the Lou Nuer tribe and the rival Murle tribe in a remote area of the state of Jonglei. (..) Around 60,000 people were hiding in the bush and many had lost their settlements or grain storages, Hilde Johnson, U.N. Special Representative for South Sudan, said.

9 January 2012

South Sudan appealed for international aid for a remote region that has been under attack by roaming fighters, as thousands of residents fled into the bush to avoid the violence. (..) It is not yet clear how many people have been killed or injured in the violence. (..) The U.N. World Food Programme has already delivered food supplies for some of the most vulnerable, including children.

5 January 2012

The top U.N. humanitarian official has visited Sudan to discuss a growing crisis in two southern states where Khartoum has banned foreign aid groups. Valerie Amos says she has reports that food insecurity and malnutrition have reached "alarming" levels in parts of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states. (..) Amos said refugees who have fled to South Sudan and Ethiopia report the humanitarian situation is especially bad in areas held by the rebel SPLM-North group.

4 January 2012

Red Cross volunteers are trying to reconnect 150 young children with their missing parents after tens of thousands of residents of South Sudan ran into the bush while fleeing a massive wave of tribe-on-tribe violence, an official said Tuesday. (..) Many of those parents, though, are feared to be dead. (..) The U.N. Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan estimated Tuesday that the death toll could be in the hundreds.