Hunger in the news

12 April 2010

Under a fierce morning sun, clutching a wooden cross to her chest, Martha Ayom Duk became the first person in her village and one of the first women in South Sudan to ever cast a vote. As three days of voting got underway yesterday in one of the most complex elections staged in Africa, her message was simple: "I wanted to vote for freedom, to be free."(..)The World Food Programme feeds up to four million people.

9 April 2010

Sudan donated Ethiopian some 20,000 tons of sorghum in solidarity with its neighboring country which is affected by harsh drought condition in large parts of the Horn of Africa country.(..)In its latest food security assessment from October 2009 to February this year the WFP said erratic rainfall caused an overall reduction in the harvest of the main agricultural season (Meher), estimated at 10-11% compared to 2008/2009.

9 April 2010

Five years ago, Sudan's government and southern rebels made peace, officially ending a brutal 21-year civil war.(..)But tensions between the north and the south have escalated in recent weeks ahead of the country's first multi-party elections in 24 years, set for Sunday.(..) Photograph caption: Women from the Dadinga tribe carry boxes of oil during a food distribution by the World Food Programme (WFP) in the village of Lauro in Eastern Equatoria State, south Sudan, April 3, 2010.

9 April 2010

Millions of Sudanese are preparing to vote in presidential, legislative and gubernatorial elections this weekend, but the belated polls come at a time when Sudan continues to grapple with significant humanitarian challenges.(..)Across the country, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that some 4.3 million people will require food assistance at some point this year.

9 April 2010

Chaos and confusion reign in Sudan’s first multiparty elections for 24 years. But the vote could yet benefit a huge country that is likely soon to split into two.(..)As a result, about 4m Darfuris still rely on food aid from the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP).

9 April 2010

Three-day-old Odong Obong lay in the hospital bed, his pencil-thin arms almost motionless and his shriveled, gaunt face resembling that of an elderly man. Emaciated babies and young children throughout the ward bore the signs of hunger: exposed ribs and distended stomachs. Outside, old villagers reclined motionless in the shade, too frail to walk.(..)The World Food Program quadrupled its assistance levels from January to March in the Akobo region of southeastern Sudan.

6 April 2010

Aid agencies are warning of an impending food emergency in South Sudan, where "unexpected and alarming" malnutrition rates in one region, devastated by drought and tribal conflict, have prompted an appeal for urgent extra funding.(..)The World Food Programme estimates that nearly half the population will need food aid at some point this year.

25 March 2010

Over 1,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned home to Maban County in Upper Nile State by mid-March, 2010. (..) Upon arrival, each individual received food rations for three months from the World Food Programme and non-food items including cooking pots, eating utensils, blankets, soap, sleeping mats and mosquito nets from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Medair.

15 March 2010

Amer Daoudi, regional director for United Nations World Food Progrmme (WFP) in Sudan, has urged donors Monday to give more assistance and warned that food security situation in Southern Sudan has worsened due to the drought and insecurity.

10 March 2010

Just over half of about four million people who fled the civil war in South Sudan have returned there after the 2005 peace agreement, the International Migration Agency said on Tuesday.(..)About 4.3 million people in the south relied on food aid last year, according to the UN's World Food Programme.