Hunger in the news

17 July 2010

Italy and Germany have each confirmed contributions of €600,000 and €500,000 respectively. This has allowed WFP to purchase some 2,500 metric tones of additional food commodities for conflict displaced persons. “Both countries have been consistently strong supporters of WFP and Yemen in the past, providing assistance for Somali refugees, malnourished mothers and children, and severely food insecure families in addition to conflict affected persons.” said Gian Carlo Cirri, WFP Representative. “We are extremely grateful to Italy and Germany for their financial support but also for acknowledging the dire situation and raising awareness of this severely under-funded crisis,” Cirri added.

15 July 2010

The New York Times published a feature this week titled "Is Yemen the Next Afghanistan?" This article and others should spur much-needed debate and action for a peace strategy in Yemen. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is working on the food security angle to the crisis facing Yemen. Maria Santamarina is one of the WFP officers trying to build support for helping one of the most food-insecure countries in the world. In Yemen, one in three people suffer from hunger.

14 July 2010

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) just issued a press release on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. WFP is facing major funding shortages as it tries to help victims displaced by the conflict in northern Yemen. These shortages exist despite the fact that Italy, Germany, the U.S. and Russia have all made donations recently.

11 July 2010

Russia will provide Yemen with grain and wheat flour worth US$1 million, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said. "The Russian side has made a decision to send grain and wheat flour worth $1 million to Yemen as part of a one-off voluntary contribution to the fund of the UN World Food Program," Nesterenko said.

7 July 2010

Recently, I have published a number of stories on the hunger crisis facing Yemen. Both the World Food Programme and UNICEF are low on funding, which limits their ability to help those suffering in the impoverished country. Living in poverty is hard enough for millions of Yemenis, but the conflict in the North (Sa'ada) has made conditions even more grueling for hundreds of thousands of people.

4 July 2010

"It happens sometimes that I’m pushed to the back of the queue when the World Food Programme (WFP) distributes food," said Muna Osman Ahmed. "And sometimes people have thrown stones at our house in the middle of the night, which frightened us." Eighteen years after fleeing the horrors of war in Somalia, the Ahmed family have still not found peace in Kharaz refugee camp in southern Yemen, about 150km west of Aden. “We have no respect here because we are the only ones from our tribe,” said Muna. “We cannot quarrel or defend ourselves if someone cheats us. If we do, everybody gangs up against us.”

3 July 2010

President Obama has ordered an increase in humanitarian aid to Yemen. The administration is urging other international donors to step forward to help Yemen, which has suffered from a conflict between the government and rebel groups. (..) The food aid operation of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) was running short by at least 75 million dollars.

2 July 2010

The World Food Programme(WFP) has provided food aid to 24 thousand beneficiaries, including mothers, pregnant women and children in Shabwa province.The WFP's coordinator in the province Mubarak al-Marzouqi made it clear to Saba that the aid amounting to more than 300 tons included food, sugar and oils.

23 June 2010

Governor of Dhalea Ali Qassem Taleb met on Wednesday the filed survey team of the poorest families approved by the World Food Program (WFP) to provide 12,000 families and 594 cases with food assistance.

21 June 2010

“I arrived in Yemen in 2008 from Mogadishu,” the letter starts. Hawo Yousuf, 28, now in a refugee camp, spent her last money on having a letter written to inform the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) of her plight. (..) The camp, an old military base, is flanked by mountains and barren desert, and consists of small clusters of brick houses and tents. Crisscrossed by dusty streets in the sweltering heat, the refugees survive thanks to World Food Programme aid and casual labouring jobs in Aden.