The World Food Programme (WFP) is currently facing six emergencies at the same time. We're on the ground providing assistance in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan, Nepal and Ebola affected regions in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Families in each of these countries are in urgent need of lifesaving food. Read more about these crises and consider making a donation today.
At 11:56 am on 25 April 2015, a destructive earthquake of 7.8 magnitude hit Nepal with the epicentre about 60 km outside the Kathmandu Valley. A total of 30 out of 75 districts of the country have been affected, the worst affected are across rural and urban areas. The Government has officially declared a state of emergency and asked for international humanitarian assistance.
In support of the medical response to the Ebola emergency in West Africa, WFP is focusing on meeting the basic food and nutrition needs of families affected by the outbreak. Since April, more than 2.7 million people have received WFP food assistance in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. WFP is also helping the humanitarian get staff and equipment into the crisis zones.
The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in Iraq in the wake of the recent upsurge in violence. More than 1.8 million people have been displaced and many are living without access to food, water or other essentials. WFP has been able to provide food assistance to over 1 million people displaced across Iraq since June. We need more funds to continue our work until April.
Humanitarian assistance has helped stabilize food security in South Sudan for now. As part of the broad response in South Sudan, WFP has reached more than 2.5 million people this year. But it is critical to sustaining relief efforts because the situation remains very fragile. A hunger catastrophe will be a threat well into next year – especially if fighting continues.
The humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate. The fighting is driving more and more people from their homes and making access to food increasingly difficult. WFP is struggling to meet the urgent food needs of close to 6 million displaced people inside Syria and in neighbouring countries. Operations are being run on a hand-to-mouth basis as funding is running out.
In Yemen, millions of people are being cut off from food, water, electricity and other basic needs in a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation. Severe fuel shortages are expected to push people into hunger. Initial findings show that southern Yemen will have the highest number of food insecure people in the country. Yemen also has one of the highest child malnutrition rates in the world. Around half of all children under five are stunted; too short for their age as a result of malnutrition.
- Please donate today and help get life-saving food reach families who need us the most.
- Visit our Yemen Emergency page