Hunger in the news

15 May 2009

The Red Cross says its staff in Sri Lanka are witnessing an "unimaginable humanitarian catastrophe" in the area where troops have trapped Tamil Tigers. (..)In a statement, it said another aid ship, from the World Food Programme, was also waiting to deliver supplies to the war zone.

12 May 2009

Thousands of civilians fleeing fighting in northern Sri Lanka were severely undernourished when they reached camps outside the combat zone, the United Nations said Tuesday. "The humanitarian situation for those trapped in the conflict zone obviously is desperate," said Emilia Casella, spokeswoman for the World Food Programme. Many internally displaced people (IDP) said they had not had a proper meal in days, she added. "What we are seeing among the new IDPs is, children under five, pregnant women and elderly who are severely undernourished," she added.

12 May 2009

U.N. aid agencies say they have no access to an estimated 50,000 people trapped in a conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka. (..) The World Food Program is providing food assistance to more than 90,000 people in temporary transit centers in Vavunya and Jaffna districts. (..) WFP Spokeswoman, Emilia Casella, says a total of 150 metric tons of this food aid has gone into the conflict zone. "However, this is really only enough to feed about 60,000 people for five days," Casella said. "And, given that we do not even know exactly how many people are trapped in the conflict zone, our concern is that the food being sent in is not enough."

8 May 2009

The Italian Government has decided to allocate an immediate voluntary contribution of 400,000 Euros, equivalent to over Rs 60 million, to the World Food Program to contribute to the implementation of the project "Food for peace building and recovery in conflict-affected areas", responding to the appeal for assistance addressed in the last few days to the international community by the Sri Lankan Government.

7 May 2009

The United Nations humanitarian wing said today that over 192,000 people have fled the conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka, where clashes continue between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). (...) Tonight, a 30 metric ton food consignment is expected to be loaded aboard the International Red Cross boat that will sail to the conflict zone and deliver food to the civilian population still trapped there, OCHA reported. The consignment includes 5 metric tons of food for supplementary feeding and 25 metric tons of World Food Programme (WFP) food rations.

7 May 2009

The International Committee of the Red Cross evacuated 495 sick and wounded people and their helpers by ferry from a northeastern Sri Lanka war zone on Thursday, its first medical evacuation in a week due to heavy fighting. (..) The ferry also delivered 25 metric tonnes of food provided by the U.N.'s World Food Programme, along with medicines, according to the ICRC statement.

5 May 2009

The most dangerous place on planet Earth right now is a small isthmus in eastern Sri Lanka. In an area of only 10 km2, at least 100.000 civilians are caught in the fighting between the rebel army of the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government forces. (...) Many other organisations are in the area trying to come to the rescue of the civilians. World Food Programme supplies food, UNHCR delivers tents and tarpaulins and UNICEF takes care of water and sanitation for the civilian refugees.

5 May 2009

The World Food Program (WFP) country officials yesterday(May 4), while refuting baseless assumptions of 'inadequate' food supplies to the civilian hostages in the No-Fire-Zone by some skeptical individuals and clans, repulsed fiction with fact confirming 'no let down in food distribution to hostages in the NFZ'. "Since February till end of April the WFP in collaboration with the Sri Lankan government has send over 3000MT of food supplies", said Aseb Asrat, Deputy Country Director of the WFP.

4 May 2009

At the conclusion of her visit to Sri Lanka, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today an increase in critical humanitarian aid to assist the civilians displaced by the ongoing civil war in the country. (...) The Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), will provide additional funding to the International Committee of the Red Cross, Medecins Sans Frontieres, the World Food Programme and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

30 April 2009

French and British foreign ministers, accompanied by several Sri Lankan ministers, secretary to Foreign Ministry and senior officials arrived at the Manic Farm Relief Village today (29) to receive a first-hand assessment of the prevailing sanitary and welfare arrangements. (...) UN sponsored World Food Programme centres, Cooperative shops, and pre-schools inside the IDP centre were inspected by two visiting Foreign Ministers before they spoke to a cross section of the inmates with the help of a Tamil- English interpreter.