Hunger in the news

3 September 2012

In a joint appeal with the UN's refugee agency, Jordan said it now needs $700m (£440m) to deal with the crisis. Only a few days earlier, it asked for $400m. The request comes as fighting continues to rage across Syria, increasing the number of fleeing civilians.

17 August 2012

Syrians are pouring across the border to escape fighting in their battered homeland and diarrhea disease has broken out in rural areas near Damascus, U.N. aid agencies said on Friday. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) said that since the start of July, it had brought food rations for 100,000 people to Aleppo. "Despite difficulties and violence, we expect to reach an additional 25,000 there in coming days," WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said, noting that WFP supplies are distributed by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

2 August 2012

Over the next year, up to three million people are expected to be in need of food, crop and livestock assistance. (..) The UN says the economic losses are grave, but the humanitarian implications are far more pressing. (..) "The effects of these major losses are first, and most viciously, felt by the poorest in the country. Most of the vulnerable families the mission visited reported less income and more expenditure - their lives becoming more difficult by the day," said WFP Representative and Country Director in Syria Muhannad Hadi.

1 August 2012

A U.N. food agency is sending urgent food assistance to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, where rebels have been battling government forces for nearly two weeks. The Rome-based World Food Program said Wednesday the food is for distribution to 28,000 people in the city following reports of shortages of food, gas and electricity. The agency said "the humanitarian situation is deteriorating in Aleppo" with heavy fighting already forcing some 200,000 people to flee the city.

30 July 2012

This is just the start of the battle for Aleppo and it is impossible to predict the outcome. (..) Food, water and power shortages have made life hard for residents. (..) Thousands of families have already fled the city.

20 July 2012

“Overall poverty levels have increased, access to basic supplies and services is deteriorating,” said Cairo-based Abeer Etefa of the World Food Program. The prices of food and fuel have risen by about 50 per cent in the last year. They follow years of drought in poor rural areas, and rising unemployment as the conflict spread. The UN program supplies basic food baskets to 850,000 of Syria’s 22 million people, and numbers are likely to rise.

18 July 2012

In a camp of converted shipping containers surrounded by a barbed-wire fence, 11,500 Syrians spend their days waiting and wondering when they might be able to go home. Most of them fled for their lives in an instant, never imagining their exile would last so long. (..) More than a year later, Hassan and his family are still in Turkey, among about 112,000 Syrian refugees who have sought sanctuary in neighboring countries, including Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

6 July 2012

Thousands of families in Syria have fled their homes in the past two weeks due to heavy fighting between government forces and rebels and many face food shortages, the United Nations said on Friday. Food prices have tripled in parts of seven provinces where the livelihoods of farmers and livestock herders are at risk of collapse because the wheat harvest is being delayed by a shortage of diesel, needed for machinery, it said. The WFP is delivering food to all 14 provinces in Syria, through the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, and hopes its supplies will reach 850,000 people in July, it said.

29 June 2012

The United Nations doubled its appeal for aid funds on Thursday to help thousands of refugees fleeing the violence in Syria, the majority of whom are women and children. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) described the refugees' position as increasingly dramatic even though host countries were continuing to accept new arrivals. "Their situation has become more vulnerable in host countries. What little cash they had is over and they need our help," said the WFP's Daly Belgasmi. Within Syria, the WFP estimates that one million people need humanitarian assistance, of which 850,000 require food aid.

29 June 2012

As violence rages in Syria, nearly 28,000 refugees have fled into Lebanon. (..) In Lebanon, vouchers are given to refugee families by the United Nations World Food Programme. They can be used to buy fresh produce in local shops. “The World Food Programme is using vouchers here in Lebanon to assist the Syrian refugees. This is also an innovative system that helps the local economy and alleviates the burden on the host communities,” said WFP spokeswoman Laure Chadroui.