Hunger in the news

25 August 2009

Escalating violence between Yemen's government and Shi'ite Muslim rebels is making it hard to reach tens of thousands of people who have fled clashes in the north, aid agencies said on Tuesday. They appealed for better access to the displaced and warned of a high risk of outbreaks of malaria and diarrhoeal diseases among the already malnourished population.
The U.N. children's agency UNICEF said an estimated 35,000 people had fled the renewed violence over the last two weeks. Some 120,000 had been made homeless by earlier rounds of fighting in an intermittent conflict that began in 2004.

24 August 2009

More than 100,000 people in Yemen, many of them children, have been driven from their homes by a recent surge in fighting between the government and Shi'ite rebels (..). The Rome-based U.N. World Food Program said that on Friday it began distributing a one-month ration of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, salt and sugar to 10,000 displaced people. It airlifted 40 metric tons of high-energy biscuits from Dubai last week and planned another airlift in the next few days.

23 August 2009

Education Minister Abdul-Salam al-Jawfi has met with the representative of UNICEF in Sana'a Karim Arjabari, the representative of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Claire Board and Safe Childhood Organization. (..). Meanwhile, al-Jawfi also talked with the representatives of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Yemen Gian Carlo on the aspects of educational cooperation between Yemen and WFP.

22 August 2009

UN agencies are helping civilians trapped in fighting between government troops and rebels in Northern Yemen, a UN spokesperson said Friday. (..). The World Food Program (WFP) is planning to increase its food assistance to 150,000 people in Yemen, which is up from the 95,000 who had gotten aid last month.

22 August 2009

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing emergency rations to thousands of people displaced by the latest upsurge of fighting in northwest Yemen, WAM news agency reported Saturday.
The five-year conflict in Sa'ada has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. WFP provided high-energy biscuits and dates to 7,000 people in Hajjah governorate last week and Friday began distributing a full one-month ration of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, salt and sugar to 10,000 people.

21 August 2009

Food and water remain priority needs for IDPs. "We have enough food in Saada for 100,000 people for one month," the Yemen Times quoted World Food Programme (WFP) country director Gian Carlo Cirri as saying on 19 August. He said aid workers were doing their best to operate under very difficult conditions. The UN country team agreed on 18 August to increase its planning figure from 100,000 to 150,000 war-affected persons and is waiting for the green light from the government to start the distribution of food.

20 August 2009

Amid spreading violence in the northern governorate of Sa’ada that has forced thousands to flee their homes -some reportedly paying to be smuggled out, humanitarian agencies are providing aid to areas where access is granted. International and local non-governmental organizations are stepping up efforts to assist new internally displaced persons (IDPs), after the official beginning of the sixth war between the government and followers of Abdulmalik Al-Houthi last week. “We have enough food in Sa’ada for 100,000 people for one month,” said Gian Carlo Cirri, World Food Program country director in Yemen, stressing that aid workers are doing their best to operate under the current condition. “We are discussing with local authorities how to distribute the very much needed aid.” The United Nations (UN) country team agreed on Tuesday to increase the planning figure from 100,000 to 150,000 war-affected persons, and is waiting for the green light from the government to start distribution.

6 August 2009

Vulnerable populations in the Sa’ada governorate are still suffering from constant tensions and sporadic armed clashes between government forces, Houthis, and tribes. (..) Assessments conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund and the ICRC and as well as World Food Program monitoring confirm that most IDPs are still in need of aid.

29 July 2009

The number of people displaced by conflict in Saada in northern Yemen has increased over the past two months, putting the overall number at more than 100,000 people, say UN and aid agencies. (..) In June 2009, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) registered 5,000 newly displaced people, and WFP was continuing the registration of an additional 5,000 IDPs, IDMC said.

22 July 2009

The World Food Programme will need an additional $23 million for its program in Yemen. The United Nations organization has asked international donors to provide the money - a sum that represents 42 percent of the annual budget for Yemen - so that it can continue to provide aid for the 1.6 million needy people in Yemen. The total population of Yemen is 20 million. "The situation in getting pretty critical" Gian Carlo Cirri, World Food Program Country Director in Yemen, told The Media Line. "We are lacking funding to continue our operations" he said.