Hunger in the news

18 September 2009

Aid group Islamic Relief said on Thursday it had managed to get food to a small group of displaced people for the first time since fighting erupted in the northern Saada region (..). "Calls for a ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid into the area have so far been unheeded," said Islamic Relief, the local implementing partner of the U.N. World Food Programme.

17 September 2009

Humanitarian organizations and aid workers’ concerns are beginning to deepen in Sa’adah. (..) The Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP), Josette Sheeran, said that the international aid group is making maximum efforts to reach thousands of displaced people in northern Yemen.

17 September 2009

The director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New York, Rashid Khalikov, has described the situation in northern Yemen as a neglected humanitarian emergency, and urged the international community to bolster its support. (..) UN World Food Programme Executive Director Josette Sheeran said food aid had begun to be distributed in Saada town on 14 September “despite all odds and extremely tense security conditions”.

14 September 2009

A senior United Nations humanitarian official is on a four-day visit to Yemen to assess the needs of tens of thousands of people uprooted by armed conflict in the north (..) As of Sept. 8, 170 metric tons of food had been distributed to 14,917 IDPs in camps in Hajjah and Sa'ada town, and the UN World Food Program (WFP) has completed one month's food distribution for all 12,404 IDPs registered around Hajjah.

13 September 2009

The current bout of fighting between government troops and Houthi-led Shia rebels in northern Yemen is having the worst effect on civilians since intermittent clashes began five years ago, according to aid agencies. (..) In coordination with the World Food Programme (WFP), UNHCR is preparing to launch a cross-border aid operation from Saudi Arabia in the coming days, Chedrawi said.

10 September 2009

The Yemeni government is to try to subdue a rebel Shia army in the north of the country. (..) Whole villages are on the move, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), with thousands of people caught in a pocket between the fighting and the Saudi border.

10 September 2009

U.N. aid agencies say the humanitarian situation in northern Yemen continues to deteriorate (..). WFP spokeswoman, Emilia Casella, says people in Hajjah are also suffering from extreme weather conditions. "For many of them, it is unbearable compared to the mountainous area they fled from," she said.

9 September 2009

Whole villages are on the move in north Yemen, fleeing a widening conflict that is creating a shameful and worsening emergency, aid workers say. (..) "The situation is getting worse and worse and worse. We're not confronted with a humanitarian crisis, it's becoming a humanitarian tragedy," Gian Carlo Cirri, country director for the U.N. World Food Programme, said by phone on Tuesday.

9 September 2009

Yemen's president says no truce proposals were ever accepted by Houthi fighters in the north of the country and that lulls in the conflict were only to allow humanitarian assistance through. (..) "The situation is getting worse and worse and worse. We're not confronted with a humanitarian crisis, it's becoming a humanitarian tragedy," Gian Carlo Cirri, country director for the UN World Food Programme, said.

8 September 2009

The humanitarian community in Yemen is considering using Saudi Arabia as an entry point for getting aid into Saada Governorate, northern Yemen (..). The World Food Programme (WFP) sent a logistics officer to Saudi Arabia last month to look into the possibility of identifying “supply routes, warehousing, as well as ports to allow for the speedy delivery of aid” to Saada, according to Maria Santamarina, a WFP advocacy official.