Hunger in the news

20 December 2012

It is becoming increasingly difficult for Syrians to get enough food as the conflict continues in the country, according to the World Food Programme. (..) WFP spokesperson in Geneva Elisabeth Byrs tells UN Radio's Patrick Maigua that since the beginning of November her agency has distributed food assistance to 1.3 million people inside Syria.

20 December 2012

The United Nations appealed on Wednesday for $1.5 billion to help save the lives of millions of Syrians suffering a "dramatically deteriorating" humanitarian situation. (..) The U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP) is reaching 1.5 million Syrians inside the country with food rations each month, but said it faces increasing constraints, including mounting insecurity and fuel shortages. "Food processing, milling, bakeries rely on fuel electricity to produce a bread product. And of course we are dealing with a largely urbanized population here, so naturally any interruption of that infrastructure is going to be cause for concern," said David Kaatrud, WFP director of emergencies.

19 December 2012

Syrians at home and abroad are pouring millions of dollars and other aid into their country in an effort to ease a growing humanitarian crisis that is straining relief agencies, opposition groups and neighboring states. (..) Aid agencies and others say hunger is reaching alarming proportions, as the armed rebellion spawned by the 21-month old uprising against the Assad regime presses deeper into government held-areas and the resulting conflict cuts more supply lines. The U.N. World Food Program warned this month that the deteriorating security situation meant aid groups were unable to reach 1 million people at risk of starvation.

19 December 2012

The UN's World Food Programme warned Tuesday that the spiralling violence in Syria was making it increasingly difficult to distribute food in the war-torn country. (..) "Food needs are growing in Syria," said WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs, whose organisation distributes most of its aid in Syria through the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). (..) Fuel shortages have also impacted WFP's ability to distribute aid, it said, adding that there were not enough humanitarian partners on the ground to help deliver the aid. The WFP appeal came after UN aid chief Valerie Amos at the weekend asked the Syrian government to allow 10 additional aid organisations into the country.

18 December 2012

The UN's humanitarian chief has called on Syria to urgently allow fuel imports for aid deliveries and give access to 10 more aid agencies. Valerie Amos met government officials in the capital, Damascus, to discuss the growing humanitarian crisis. (..) More than 2.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates. In addition, more than 500,000 Syrians have fled their homes to neighbouring countries.

17 December 2012

Desperate food shortages are growing in parts of Syria and residents of the northern city of Aleppo say fist fights and dashes across the frontlines have become part of the daily struggle to secure a loaf of bread. (..) Valerie Amos said in Rome on Friday that the UN was committed to maintaining aid operations in Syria. (..) The World Food Programme says as many as a million Syrians may go hungry this winter, as worsening security conditions make it harder to reach conflict zones.

14 December 2012

After 21 months of war, at least two million Syrians have been forced to leave their homes. Hundreds of thousands have fled abroad, where they live in dire conditions. But most are displaced inside Syria – camping in tents, sharing overcrowded rooms with relatives, renting private flats, or squatting in shivering school buildings. (..) The cardinal problem is bread – Syria's most important food staple. There is not enough to go round.

7 December 2012

The United Nations’ World Food Program warned this week that the escalating violence in Syria is causing food shortages throughout the country. Factories have been bombed. Roads and farm fields are pockmarked with deep craters left by missiles. (..) Some of the most acute food shortages are in northern Syria, where fighting has been intense since the summer.

26 November 2012

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians displaced by the war, many of them stumbling out of Syria during the summer wearing little more than T-shirts and flip-flops, now face the onslaught of winter with inadequate shelter, senior government officials and aid organizations say. (..) With temperatures already plunging to zero overnight in the hills framing this valley, the humanitarian crisis facing millions of displaced Syrians is deepening. (..) Some 2.5 million people need humanitarian assistance, and the number keeps climbing.

21 November 2012

Winter is approaching fast for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, who are facing night-time temperatures that regularly dip below zero. (..) The overall plan includes the distribution of mattresses, blankets, warm clothes, stoves for heating and fuel, implemented with partners including Caritas, the World Food Programme, the Danish Refugee Council, World Vision, the UN Population Fund and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). (..) The continuing stream of Syrian refugees into Lebanon will only make things harder.