UN World Food Programme

Five Hunger Emergencies

WFP is currently facing five large-scale emergencies at the same time. We’re on the ground providing assistance in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syria, Iraq, and Ebola affected regions in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. People in each of these countries urgently need food. Find out more below and consider making a donation today.

Central Africa Republic

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 The Central African Republic (CAR) faces a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. As well as the violence which has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the country's economy has almost collapsed. The majority of the Muslim trading community has fled, with the result that existing food-supply systems no longer work. All across CAR, we aim to reach more than a million people in 2014.


Ebola Emergency 

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 WFP is scaling up its response to the Ebola virus to provide assistance to around one million people affected by the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, delivering food alongside the health response. WFP is also assisting the wider humanitarian community with logistics, helping other organisations to get aid workers and critical supplies into the affected areas.





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Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the crisis that first hit Mosul in mid-June and spread to surrounding cities and governorates. In recent days, a rising number of Iraqis have found themselves stranded around Iraq’s Sinjar Mountains, fleeing violence. Since 4 August, WFP has set up four emergency kitchens in Dohuk and Lalish, enabling the food agency to assist more than 100,000 people who have fled the Sinjar area.




South Sudan

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The latest surveys show that in several counties of the northern Unity State, up to three quarters of the population currently face severe hunger. WFP and partners have already provided food for more than 750,000 people displaced by the recent violence in South Sudan. But given the worsening humanitarian situation, we are aiming to assist 3.2 million people through the end of the year.



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Syrians have now been living with civil war for over three years and assessments show that almost half the population inside Syria is having trouble getting enough food. WFP is concerned about the growing risk of malnutrition among people living in hard-to-reach areas of the country. We are also concerned about the impact of a looming drought in the northwest of Syria. This could have a major impact on the next cereal harvest.