Hunger in the news

27 January 2014

The Prime Minister, surrounded by heavy security, didn’t stop to talk to refugees in the camp – once famed for crime and violence – but was driven through Zaatari’s busy, dusty main street, and taken to a World Food Programme distribution compound, to get a briefing from the director of the camp, Kilian Kleinschmidt, of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR.

21 January 2014

In a meeting with the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi stressed Tehran’s attempts to resolve the Syrian crisis through diplomatic means and said Iran is ready to send humanitarian aid to Syrian people both inside and outside the country. Ertharin Cousin said in this meeting that the United Nations World Food Programme, irrespective of political issues, just aims to perform its principal duty to provide services for refugees and immigrants, particularly in crisis-stricken areas such as Syria.

20 January 2014

Among the warring factions, human-rights violations, deaths, destruction, dislocation, and the needs of millions of refugees, Canadian Simon Hacker co-ordinates aid efforts for the World Food Programme. Here's some of what he has to navigate.

20 January 2014

Syria’s warring sides must seize this week’s peace conference in Switzerland as a chance to allow humanitarian aid workers access to nearly 3 million people who have been under siege or cut off by fighting, the World Food Programme (WFP) says. WFP’s Syria Country Director Matthew Hollingworth urged combatants to call a ceasefire in order to enable aid workers to reach trapped civilians, bring in aid and medical help, assess needs and carry out evacuations.

16 January 2014

Western nations, Arab states and others pledged more than $2.4 billion on Wednesday to help civilians who are suffering because of the civil war in Syria.

15 January 2014

The World Food Program (WFP) Tuesday praised His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's hosting of the second donors conference, saying Kuwait was playing a leading humanitarian role. WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, in an interview with KUNA, said she would be participating in the January 15 donors conference as the Syrian conflict was approaching its third year.

15 January 2014

WFP is gravely concerned about people who live in areas under siege,” U.N. spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said at a news conference in Geneva. (..) The WFP’s executive director Ertharin Cousin said last week the agency has scaled up its food assistance to reach 4.25 million people inside Syria.

15 January 2014

The WFP expressed concern at reports of malnutrition in areas where fighting between government forces and rebel groups has trapped civilians. The agency said children were especially vulnerable to starvation as the country’s three-year-old civil war drags on.

14 January 2014

The U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP) delivered rations to a record 3.8 million people in Syria in December, but civilians in eastern provinces and besieged towns near the capital remain out of reach, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

13 January 2014

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos arrived in Syria Saturday as a flurry of aid meetings are underway in the conflict-torn country. (..) A couple of days ago, the director of the World Food Program Ertharin Cousin also visited Syria and held talks with top officials, including Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi and Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem.