Hunger in the news

6 August 2009

Survivors of a tribal massacre that killed 185 people in southern Sudan are desperately short of food, a senior U.N. officer said on Thursday.
Mostly women and children were killed in the raid by heavily armed members of the Murle tribe on a fishing camp in Sudan's swampy Jonglei state on Sunday, in what is thought to be a revenge attack for earlier fighting.
The killings, near the town of Akobo, were the latest in a string of ethnic clashes in Sudan's oil-producing south, many of them attacks and counter attacks provoked by cattle rustling.
Traditional disputes have been exacerbated by a ready supply of arms left over from more than two decades of a north-south civil war that ended in a fragile 2005 peace accord.
The head of the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) in the south, who has just returned from the Akobo area, said she saw piles of bodies and signs of food shortages.

3 August 2009

At least 185 people - mostly women and children - have been killed in ethnic violence in South Sudan, officials say. (..) The state's governor, Kuol Manyang, told the BBC that a few survivors had made it back to Akobo town (..). He appealed to the UN World Food Programme to find a way of getting food to them.

3 August 2009

More than 160 people, mostly women and children, have been killed in the latest of a series of ethnic clashes in South Sudan. (..) The provision of relief supplies in the area had been complicated by a June attack on barges chartered by the World Food Programme, which were bringing aid to Akobo.

29 July 2009

Qatar Charity said in a statement yesterday that its mission in Darfur was accomplished after completing several projects of education, health and water that were launched in 2008. (..) In a bid to reduce school drop out due to malnutrition and the ongoing conflict in remote areas, QC is providing lunch meal to students in their schools. 4,300 students are benefiting of the project, which has been implemented in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP).

27 July 2009

United Nations humanitarian workers have taken part in a joint assessment mission in a border area of southern Sudan where hundreds of people have fled recent attacks by the notorious rebel group known as the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). A team comprising representatives of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other UN aid partners, visited two camps last week in Western Equatoria state that are home to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

21 July 2009

Tutlow Ruot has yet to come to terms with the death of his two children, who drowned in a river as his village fled an attack by cattle raiders from the Murle community. "They attacked us at 5am, burnt our tukuls [houses], killed some people, especially women and children, and took our cattle," he said. (..) Another attack by the Jikany Nuer on boats carrying food aid in Nassir occurred on 12 June "to punish their enemies, the Lou Nuer", a source said. That attack forced the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to suspend food deliveries to Akobo by boat.

30 June 2009

A UNAMID team led by Head-of-Office, Mr. Miguel Martin conducted a one-day visit to the North Darfur town of Kutum on 27 June. (..) The majority Arab tribe are the Ereigat, with some mainly Fur and Tunjur tribes living side by side with them. With regard to humanitarian assistance, the community has received some Food assistance from World Food Programme (WFP) and some support from United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) for the repair of a water pump. They requested to receive additional assistance for water, health facilities, plastic sheeting, food and education.

24 June 2009

Leaders from northern and southern Sudan are currently meeting in Washington against the backdrop of a series of bloody clashes between rival ethnic groups in the south in recent months. On 12 June, fighting broke out close to Nasir in Upper Nile State, Southern Sudan, when hundreds of armed Jikany Nuer men attacked a flotilla of 31 boats, including 27 carrying grain and other supplies for the UN World Food Programme (WFP), according to UN officials and eyewitnesses.

24 June 2009

The European Commission Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) is one of the largest funders of humanitarian activities in Sudan. (..) ECHO works with three types of organisations; the United Nations agencies, for example unicef and the World Food Programme (WFP), the Red Cross and Red Crescent family and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which are registered in Europe and which have been thoroughly vetted by ECHO.

16 June 2009

Armed gunmen attacked a convoy of 27 boats carrying United Nations food aid to thousands of displaced persons in Southern Sudan, delivering a "major blow" to the work of the World Food Programme (WFP) in the region. WFP's Sudan Country Director, Kenro Oshidari, warned that a recent increase in inter-tribal - or tribal - fighting in Southern Sudan "could derail recovery and rebuilding efforts that we are supporting.