Hunger in the news

8 June 2011

Southern Sudan wants to control its oil supply after becoming the world's newest nation in only a month's time, but already an apparent dispute with the north has sent fuel prices skyrocketing here and prompted fist fights at gas stations. (..) Residents, local media reports and even the head of the U.N. World Food Program in Southern Sudan said the Sudanese government began enforcing a blockade of the main north-south oil routes in early May.

7 June 2011

Warrap state in southern Sudan is becoming the focus of efforts to assist thousands of people fleeing the disputed central-southern region of Abyei after it was attacked on 21 May by the northern Sudanese army, aid workers say. (..) "This operation is facing logistical challenges. In the weeks to come, with the advance of the rainy season, the challenges will become greater," said Margherita Coco, who was responsible for the World Food Programme (WFP) sub-office in Abyei until the attack forced WFP to abandon its work there.

7 June 2011

Three Bulgarian helicopter pilots kidnapped in Sudan's troubled Darfur region while working under a UN contract returned home after 145 days in captivity. (..) The World Food Programme which manages the UN Humanitarian Air Service employing the three, said no ransom was paid for their release on Monday.

3 June 2011

In the United States, when world wheat prices rise by 75 percent, as they have over the last year, it means the difference between a $2 loaf of bread and a loaf costing maybe $2.10. (..) Most of these land acquisitions are in Africa, where some governments lease cropland for less than $1 per acre per year. Among the principal destinations were Ethiopia and Sudan, countries where millions of people are being sustained with food from the U.N. World Food Program.

1 June 2011

It's probably not the homecoming most south Sudanese were expecting. (..)The World Food Programme has been feeding more than 70,000 returnees since December, giving them a three-month supply of food based on the assumption that they will be able to feed themselves after that.

31 May 2011

The United Nations said today that humanitarian operations in Sudan are under way, focusing on identifying the location of the tens of thousands of civilians uprooted by the recent clashes in the disputed town of Abyei and responding to critical relief needs. (..) For its part, the World Food Programme (WFP), which was supporting 62,000 people before the clashes began, has started distributing food to some 6,000 newly-uprooted people.

30 May 2011

As the rainy season begins in this tiny rural village in southern Sudan, thousands of frightened women and children are seeking cover under makeshift shelters of bedsheets and rugs, strung up between tree branches lodged in the mud. (..) In the days since the Sudanese government seized Abyei, pro-northern militias ransacked stockpiles of food at a World Food Program warehouse, which the United Nations says could have fed 50,000 people for three months.

27 May 2011

Seasonal rains are among several factors to have exacerbated the crisis sparked by the sudden flight of tens of thousands of civilians from the disputed Sudanese region of Abyei, say aid workers, who point to both short- and long-term repercussions. “Most of the roads in Southern Sudan are not passable during the rains and so that will make the movement of food difficult,” World Food Programme (WFP) spokeswoman Amor Almagro told IRIN.

24 May 2011

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has called for the release of the three Bulgarian air crew who were abducted in Sudan on January 13 2011. (..) Ashton said that the EU would continue with its efforts to ensure that the Sudanese government would help to secure the release of the Bulgarians. The Bulgarian air crew abducted in Darfur were all working for the World Food Organisation.

19 May 2011

Prices of basic goods in south Sudan have surged after a cargo "blockade" by former civil war enemies in the north, officials said on Thursday. (..) "WFP was also affected as we had trucks and barges temporarily stranded, but were then given the go ahead by Khartoum to resume our transport to the south," said Leo Van Der Velden, WFP coordinator in the south.