Hunger in the news

23 July 2013

“The crisis is becoming regional. It no longer just concerns Syria. (..) Some of the displaced have already been displaced five or six times. (..) No matter what you give a refugee, that's not what he wants. The Syrian refugees want to return to Syria. (..) It is very important for WFP to make sure that humanitarian assistance is given based on neutrality. At WFP we make sure that the only criteria for receiving assistance is need,” said WFP’s Muhannad Hadi.

22 July 2013

While violence continues unabated in many parts of Syria, United Nations agencies are working to deliver humanitarian assistance, in spite of difficult security conditions and restricted access to various areas, a spokesperson for the world body said today. (..) Mr. Martin Nesirky [UN Spokesperson] said the World Food Programme (WFP) is planning to increase its distributions to reach 3 million people, up from the current 2.5 million, by late 2013.

19 July 2013

The United Nations refugee chief today voiced concern about serious gaps in the protection of Syrians who are fleeing the conflict in their country and arriving in Europe, and urged a more generous and consistent approach as they seek shelter and asylum. “Syrians are fleeing one of the worst conflicts the world has seen in decades, and many of them have been subjected to unspeakable human rights violations and persecution in their home country,” António Guterres said in remarks to a meeting in Lithuania of the European Union's Justice and Home Affairs Council.

19 July 2013

The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that some 4.5 million Syrians have been displaced within Syria's borders as the country's internecine conflict grinds on, exacting its brutal toll. In Idlib province alone, 300,000 IDPs struggle to survive. (..) Fuel and food prices prices are soaring with wheat production down, silos destroyed and farmers fleeing. Fears continue to mount that Syria's internally displaced will go hungry with aid agencies unable to reach many in need because of security risks. "The Syrian crisis has resulted in heightened vulnerability, massive movements of the population inside the country and a substantial setback in living conditions," the UN Food and Agriculture and World Food Programme said in a joint report earlier this month.

18 July 2013

The United Nations says it needs a record $13 billion to help an unprecedented 73 million people in 24 countries until the end of the year. A mid-year review of the U.N.’s multi-billion-dollar Humanitarian Appeal 2013 shows needs are increasing and more money is required. In December, the United Nations launched an appeal on behalf of 57 million people in desperate need of help in 24 countries. In just a few short months, the number of people needing help spiked to 73 million. The United Nations attributes this increase to the crisis in Syria as well as the deteriorating situation in countries such as the Central African Republic and Mali.

15 July 2013

Last week’s currency crash deepened a steady decline that has helped send prices soaring even for basic foodstuffs and reduced most Syrians’ buying power to a fraction of prewar levels, making it hard even for once-well-off families to afford meat and fish.

12 July 2013

Prices of basic goods - such as food and fuel - have been rapidly increasing in Syria, as the local currency continues to depreciate amid the civil war. The Syrian pound has lost 80 per cent of its value since the conflict began more than two years ago. Local businesses and traders have been forced to find new ways to get by.

10 July 2013

The World Food Program is quickly running out of food and money for Syria, where millions of displaced people forced to rely on the UN agency for daily meals risk being cut-out of food distribution programs as early as late July, warns the WFP’s top official in the country. (..) “We’ve received approximately 300 million dollars.” the World Food Program’s emergency coordinator for Syria Muhannad Hadi told a press briefing at UN headquarters Tuesday. “We’re still short 700 million.” Hadi says the ongoing lack of funding might force the WFP to further cut back the scope of distribution operations that are already struggling to meet growing needs on the ground.

1 July 2013

Prior to the crisis, Syrian society had already suffered from high poverty and unemployment that affected nutrition, education and health care. During the current crisis, this has sharply increased, and the poverty map has changed, where the number of poor and people in need increased in the most disputed and violent areas. (..) Recent reports issued by children’s right organizations indicate that nearly 2 million Syrian children suffer from malnutrition, given the scarcity of some food products and the spoilage of others, and the impact of the situation raging in the country on children’s health in particular — which is deteriorating in an unprecedented way.

25 June 2013

Among the half-million refugees who have poured across the border from Syria into Lebanon is a group of people who find themselves doubly displaced. To date, an estimated 55,000 Palestinians have sought sanctuary in Lebanon from the war in Syria, according to the United Nations, most of them descendants of families displaced by the creation of Israel in 1948. (..) Although the number of Palestinians fleeing to Lebanon is relatively small compared with the number of Syrians who have become refugees, their presence here is considered particularly sensitive as sectarian tensions aggravated by the Syrian war rise regionwide.