Hunger in the news

15 May 2011

Clashes erupted in Abyei Wednesday between north and south Sudanese troops, the southern army said, just days after a deal to demilitarise the disputed area, and as Khartoum stepped up air strikes in neighbouring South Kordofan. (..) The World Food Programme said the lack of security was preventing it from providing emergency supplies to tens of thousands of people uprooted by the conflict, now thought to number more than 64,000.

13 May 2011

The World Food Programme said it will resume food aid to about 240,000 people in the Southern Sudan states of Lakes and Jonglei, a month after government troops confiscated a food shipment to Lakes and a WFP driver was killed in Jonglei.

10 May 2011

Southern Sudanese rebels and cattle herders clashed in Warrap state, leaving at least 72 people dead, army spokesman Philip Aguer said. (..) The Rome-based World Food Programme said that it had stopped operating in parts of Jonglei and Lakes states on April 26 after one of its employees was killed and one of its trucks commandeered by the southern army. The shutdown denied food rations to about 235,000 people in the affected areas.

28 April 2011

Northern Sudanese oil workers forced out of the south's embattled Unity state have begun to return despite continued militia threats, but crude production is still down, southern officials said on Wednesday. (..) Elsewhere in the south, the UN's World Food Programme has suspended aid operations in two key areas because of worsening security, which saw one its staff members killed last week.

28 April 2011

More than 240,000 Southern Sudanese may not receive critical food rations next month after the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) suspended operations in two areas of the soon-to-be independent country because of direct attacks amid rising violence in the region.

26 April 2011

The top United Nations humanitarian official today condemned attacks on aid workers in Southern Sudan, including the killing of a UN staff member over the weekend, and urged the authorities there to ensure the safety of humanitarian personnel.(..)Santino Pigga Alex Wani, a Senior Programme Assistant working with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) was killed during an attack by armed assailants in Jonglei state on Saturday, according to Ms. Amos, who expressed her deepest condolences to his family.

13 April 2011

World Food Program (WFP) has donated 1,300 bags of food to over 200 families affected by conflict in Pigi County, the former base of renegade southern army general George Athor and his forces.(..)Manyang acknowledge that his request for food and medical assistance to Canal and Khorfulus of Pigi County from World Food Program (WFP) and UNMIS has been accepted, adding WFP is ready to deliver food.

21 March 2011

The organisation supplies food items to benefit about 10,000 IDPs who have fled to safety around the town. The items, donated by the World Food Programme include sorghum, wheat grain, maize, lentils, fortified vegetable oil and salt, and are stashed in massive warehouses, tightly locked.

16 March 2011

Tens of thousands of people continue to flee their homes in Sudan's western region of Darfur for the safety of internally displaced people's camps after recent fighting between government forces and armed militias. (..) ccording to OCHA, some of the new IDPs have UN World Food Programme ration cards suggesting this may not be their first displacement. The agency warned that a shortage of adequate sanitation facilities was raising the risk of disease outbreaks.

28 January 2011

Fighting between government and rebel groups in North and South Darfur in western Sudan has displaced tens of thousands of people and hindered access by humanitarian workers to some affected areas, sources said. (..) “The deteriorating security situation in South Darfur resulted in continued displacement of civilians and impediments to humanitarian activities and movement,” the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said.