Hunger in the news
Share

8 February 2013

Turkey has spent more than $600 million sheltering refugees from the almost two-year-old conflict in neighbouring Syria, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Friday. (..) The United Nations said on Friday that refugee numbers have spiked, with around 5,000 people fleeing each day, 2,000 more a day than last year's figures. (..) Some diplomats have suggested foreign funding might be more forthcoming if international organisations such as the United Nations were given greater control.


7 February 2013

U.S. officials Wednesday urged international donors to make good on pledges of more than $1.5 billion in aid for Syrians, warning that millions of people remained in dire need as the war rumbles on. There are now some 763,000 refugees who have fled Syria for neighboring countries, while another 2.5 million are estimated to have been displaced inside the country.


6 February 2013

There are many children like Zeina who fled the fighting in Syria and poured into neighbouring countries. WFP covers the food needs of refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey with food distributions and innovative food vouchers. In October, WFP provided food assistance to almost 160,000 refugees in all four countries.


6 February 2013

The U.N. refugee agency in Lebanon expects the daily rate of registrations – around 2,000 to 3,000 – of Syrian refugees to continue at a steady pace, meaning the current total of 250,000 could double by May. (..) At a media roundtable at the UNHCR office Tuesday, Ninette Kelly, the resident representative of the refugee agency, said that around 3,000 refugees come forward for registration each day across Lebanon and that in January the process was finalized for 38,000 in total.


5 February 2013

The U.N. World Food Program said that 2.5 million people inside Syria lack enough food. A spokeswoman for that agency, Elisabeth Byrs, said they plan to feed 1.75 million this month, then up to 2 million in March and reach 2.5 million in April.


5 February 2013

The numbers of refugees from Syria is growing by the day. (..) So they make the journey north, south, east and west to neighbouring counties that are letting them in; but are themselves increasingly concerned about the exodus. Some 700,000 are registered as refugees in these countries.


5 February 2013

The European Commission will pledge €100 million of humanitarian funding at the International Pledging Conference for Syria convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and hosted by Kuwait on 30 January. This funding, to be disbursed in 2013, will add to the €100 million already contracted for the crisis in 2011/2012, bringing the Commission's humanitarian funding for the crisis to €200 million.


4 February 2013

Leaders of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation states are to meet in Cairo on Wednesday to tackle crises ranging from the French-led battle against Islamist militants in Mali to the Syrian civil war.


29 January 2013

Donors channelling funds towards Syrian refugees in Lebanon must also assist their poor Lebanese hosts to diffuse rising tensions, aid workers and a government official said ahead of an international pledging conference for humanitarian aid to Syria and its neighbours. (..) Aid agencies have already tried to tailor their programmes accordingly. Instead of distributing food, for example, the World Food Programme (WFP) gives refugees vouchers to redeem food at local shops with which it has signed contracts.


29 January 2013

The United Nations says the huge influx of Syrian refugees crossing into neighboring Jordan during the past week was larger than anticipated and left its agencies, already suffering from a funding shortfall, reeling under the influx. U.N. officials are crying out for more funding as they rush to build showers, toilets and a school for the newcomers. (..) International donors have pledged less than 3 percent to a $1 billion U.N. appeal made last month to aid the more than 670,000 Syrian refugees estimated to have fled to surrounding countries during the 22-month uprising to topple President Bashar Assad. The U.N. says it hopes a donor conference for Syrian refugees Wednesday in Kuwait will rectify the dire funding situation.