Hunger in the news

6 December 2010

In October I wrote about school feeding to fight child hunger in Southern Sudan. Featured in the piece was a school meal initiative being run by Catholic Relief Services. This program, at last report, is to run out of funding at the end of December. (..) A school feeding program for 16,889 primary school children in Southern Sudan will run out of funding at the end of December. This is a program run by Catholic Relief Services in partnership with the World Food Programme.

3 December 2010

Sudanese are returning from the north of the country to their homeland in the south or the border region of Abyei in growing numbers in the run-up to key referendums on 9 January, but many are struggling to adapt to an impoverished, war-ravaged environment. (..) “The returnee process is being organized by the Abyei area administration and the Southern Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC),” Margherita Coco, head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) sub-office in Abyei, told IRIN. “The humanitarian community decided that once they arrive, a certain level of support would be offered. WFP provides a three-month reintegration ration, given monthly.”

3 December 2010

South Sudan is preparing to hold a referendum on January 9 that could see the region split from Sudan's Arab-dominated government in Khartoum. (..) U.N. aid agencies and non-governmental organizations are quietly mobilizing to respond to emergencies. The U.N.'s World Food Program began operations here in 2008, after northern forces burned down half of Abyei and displaced more than 50,000 people.

22 November 2010

The Sudanese government is hampering international efforts to address chronic levels of malnutrition in camps for displaced people in Darfur, according to the country head of the United Nations children's agency UNICEF. (..) Khartoum was blocking access to camps as well as delaying the release of vital nutrition surveys required by agencies such as UNICEF and the World Food Programme, WFP, to supply food aid to the region.

22 November 2010

The government in Southern Sudan has started to bring southerners back from the Sudanese capital Khartoum. (..) Named after the Kenyan town where a 2005 peace accord between north and south ended 22 years of civil war, the lot also is the site of traditional courts, where elders sit under trees and resolve disputes among locals. At one end of Naivasha, crowded under the only patch of available shade, returnees wait to receive ration cards from the World Food Program.

19 November 2010

People living near Sudan's internal north-south border could soon be facing a food shortage. (..) The World Food Program has already prepositioned 75,000 metric tons of food in 100 hubs throughout the south in anticipation of wider food shortages.

16 November 2010

U.N. World Food Programme officials have spoken with Sudanese militants who abducted three Latvian pilots employed by the group, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday. The officials also spoke with the pilots, who reported they were unhurt and not in need of medical assistance, the ministry said.

8 November 2010

UN aid chief Valerie Amos on Sunday expressed concern at the repeated abductions of foreigners in Darfur when she visited the western Sudanese region four days after the latest kidnapping. (..) On Thursday gunmen abducted three Latvian helicopter crewmen with the World Food Programme in South Darfur's state capital of Nyala, and on Friday militants shot and wounded a UN peacekeeper in north Darfur.

5 November 2010

Gunmen kidnapped three Latvian helicopter crew members working for the World Food Programme in the troubled Sudanese state of South Darfur, a hotspot for abductions, the UN agency said on Friday. The WFP said the three Latvians, whose air services were contracted to the agency for humanitarian operations, were abducted in the state capital of Nyala on Thursday.

30 September 2010

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday received a €1.2million contribution from Italian Development Cooperation earmarked to provide urgently needed food assistance for 76,000 school children in Lakes and Eastern Equatoria states of Southern Sudan.