Hunger in the news

25 August 2009

The United Nations has warned that parts of southern Sudan could be in pre-famine conditions, with 1.3 million people across the country in need of food aid. (..) "On top of the one million people we already plan for assistance this year there will be about another 300,000 people who we will need to provide assistance quite urgently between now and December this year," Kenro Oshidari, the World Food Programme (WFP) representative in Sudan, said.

24 August 2009

Southern Sudan Faces Worsening Food Shortage, UN Warns. Urgent financial assistance is needed to ensure that Southern Sudan can avert severe hunger among its inhabitants, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned today, calling for over $50 million to cover the food gap.
Some 22,000 metric tons of food aid will be needed, and the UN is working with the Government of Sudan, the Government of Southern Sudan, donors and humanitarian partners to secure the financing and supplies needed to ward off a crisis.

24 August 2009

The WFP (World Food Programme) in Sudan denied that operations have been suspended in South Sudan after recent incidents; the Programme Sudan Representative informed a press conference yesterday.
He added that the WFP has only suspended operations in Ezo town in Western Equatoria after disturbance and looting of supplies during a routine food distribution. But he affirmed that the main WFP warehouses have not been looted and are safe. Operations will restart in the town after the programme is ensured of the return of security in the area.

21 August 2009

Food deliveries have improved this year for more than three million people in Sudan's war-torn region of Darfur who depend on aid, the World Food Programme's representative in the country said on Thursday. "Our assessment has found that the food security situation in general has also improved for villages and people in camps," Kenro Oshidari said in a telephone news conference. Oshidari said that sporadic fighting was still going on in "pockets" in Darfur, creating some new displacement, and expressed concern at the growing dangers for relief workers faced in the western province. "But generally speaking, delivery or access to our beneficiaries is better this year than last year," he said.

21 August 2009

The United Nations' food agency will start air drops of food over parts of southern Sudan that could be in a "pre-famine" stage, it said on Thursday. The World Food Programme (WFP) aims to provide 22,000 tonnes of food to 300,000 additional people facing severe food shortages by year-end, half of it by air drops, its top official in Sudan, Kenro Oshidari, said. In all, 1.3 million people in southern Sudan now need food assistance, mainly subsistence farmers suffering from a lack of rain, high food prices and low prices for their cattle, he said. "We are now planning to launch air drops to some of these areas," Oshidari told reporters by telephone from Khartoum. Air drops are more expensive to carry out as they involve larger planes than air lifts -- in which the aircraft lands and is unloaded -- but are now required as some areas are cut off due to poor road conditions and insecurity, he said.

13 August 2009

Concern is growing at the likely humanitarian impact of poor rains and high levels of insecurity in Southern Sudan, with aid workers and officials warning of a major hunger gap in coming months. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP), a key source of food for locals in Akobo, has received some 83 percent of the food aid it requested in 2009 - 80,000MT out of 96,000MT.

12 August 2009

Tensions have remained high in Akobo County of Jonglei State (..). Following the latest clash, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned that its ability to deliver much-needed supplies was being hampered by the violence. "WFP and its partners have called on the government to put an end to inter-tribal fighting, which is endangering the delivery of humanitarian aid," UN spokeswoman Marie Okabe said.

12 August 2009

A United Nations official on Wednesday called the humanitarian situation in southern Sudan a "humanitarian perfect storm," with 40 percentage of the population at real risk. (..) The UN World Food Program (WFP) originally estimated that 1.2 million people in the south would need urgent food aid during 2009.

11 August 2009

Thousands of former fighters have taken part in the first phase of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programme marking a key milestone for the 2005 agreement that ended Sudan's north-south civil war, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country reported today.(..). The joint North and South Sudan DDR commissions, along with UNMIS, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), are assisting with the process in Blue Nile.

8 August 2009

The United Nations World Food Program has condemned the attack August 2 in Jonglei State in Southern Sudan that killed more than 160 people, mostly women and children. WFP says inter-tribal clashes are affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the region. The WFP says it is concerned the assaults last Sunday in Jonglei State could cause retaliatory attacks and this could lead to more deaths and to more people fleeing their homes.