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Hunger in the news
4 April 2014

Lebanon registers 1 million Syrian refugees

The U.N. refugee agency says the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has exceeded 1 million, calling it a "devastating milestone" for the tiny Arab country with depleted resources and an explosive sectarian mix of its own. Three years after Syria's conflict started, Lebanon has become the country with the highest per-capita concentration of refugees worldwide, struggling to cope with a massive crisis that has become an unprecedented challenge for aid agencies.
Mail Online
Hunger in the news
4 April 2014

WFP, UNHCR expect millions to be hungry if crisis continues

The heads of the World Food Program and the UN Refugee Agency say millions of people will face hunger in the coming months if the situation in South Sudan doesn’t improve. The Executive Director of W-F-P, Ertharin Cousin, and the UN Higher Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, paid a two-day visit to the country. They met conflict-affected people and reviewed the on-going response and humanitarian needs. Addressing a press conference in Juba, Madam Cousin appealed to the international community to support the UN agencies to help the people affected by the conflict.
Eye Radio
Hunger in the news
4 April 2014

South Sudan Urgently Needs Help to Stave Off Famine, U.N. Warns

South Sudan needs $230 million in international aid in the next 60 days or it will face the worst starvation in Africa since the 1980s, when hundreds of thousands of people died in Ethiopia’s famine, the United Nations official coordinating humanitarian aid in South Sudan warned on Thursday. In a statement released during a visit to western Ethiopia, where close to 90,000 South Sudanese have fled, Ertharin Cousin, head of the World Food Program, said, “This is a political crisis that is now evolving into a humanitarian catastrophe.”
The New York Times
Hunger in the news
2 April 2014

Worsened security leads to further displacement in Central African Republic

The deteriorating security in the Central African Republic (CAR), especially in its capital city, Bangui, has triggered further displacement within the country and beyond its borders, a UN spokesman told reporters here Tuesday. "The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed its concern today about the deterioration of the security situation in Bangui since the High Commissioner's recent visit, with at least 60 people killed since March 22," said Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq at the daily briefing.
Xinhua News
Hunger in the news
2 April 2014

Today’s Central African Republic: It Really Doesn’t Get Much Worse Than This

The Central African Republic (CAR) – torn apart since December by widespread conflict and killings of civilians by armed groups – is unravelling. The consequences are already catastrophic for many people. Almost the entire population is in desperate need of food. As the World Food Programme’s chief economist, I went to Bangui to analyse how the overall economy is affected, particularly the food sector, and where we are in terms of the humanitarian response. I was shocked by what I saw and how deep the crisis extends. It really doesn’t get much worse than this.
The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
Hunger in the news
2 April 2014

Greater Tragedy Looms Over South Sudan, Aid Officials Warn

- Insecurity in South Sudan along with obstructions to aid delivery and a huge funding shortfall will result in a massive tragedy in the coming months in the young country, where millions face hunger as the conflict drags on, U.N. officials warned Tuesday. “Ordinary people are bearing the brunt of this conflict and agencies like ours are facing far too many obstacles in trying to assist them," said World Food Program (WFP) chief Ertharin Cousin at the end of a two-day visit to South Sudan with the head of the U.N. refugee agency, Antonio Guterres. The two agency chiefs discussed the crisis with President Salva Kiir and other government officials and were given the president's commitment that South Sudan will support the delivery of humanitarian assistance in the country.
VOA News
Hunger in the news
1 April 2014

UNHCR, WFP chiefs due in Ethiopia

United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) chief Antonio Guterres and World Food Program (WFP) chief Ertharin Cousin are both slated to visit Ethiopia on Tuesday to assess the situation of South Sudanese refugees there, a spokesman for the UNHCR's Ethiopia office said Monday. According to spokesman Kisut Gebregziabher, the two officials have already arrived in South Sudanese capital Juba, from where they are expected to travel to Ethiopia.
Turkish Press
Climate Change
31 March 2014

Climate impacts 'overwhelming' - UN

The impacts of global warming are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible", a major report by the UN has warned. Scientists and officials meeting in Japan say the document is the most comprehensive assessment to date of the impacts of climate change on the world. Members of the UN's climate panel say it provides overwhelming evidence of the scale of these effects. Our health, homes, food and safety are all likely to be threatened by rising temperatures, the summary says.
BBC News
Hunger in the news
31 March 2014

Q&A: the World Food Programme on inclusive business - video

In this video, Jay Aldous, director of private sector partnerships at the World Food Programme speaks about the importance of building a case for why inclusive business is not only good for development, but also makes business sense.
The Guardian
Hunger in the news
31 March 2014

Hatred festers as Muslims and Christians suffer in Central African Republic

Now Boda is the Central African Republic’s miniature Sarajevo, a once-wealthy town of diamond, gold and coffee traders, irrevocably marred by ethnic cleansing. Under the watchful eye of French peacekeepers, the Christians are trying to starve out the Muslims. Lorries carrying supplies from the Muslims of Bangui, who are also besieged, sometimes sneak through the anti-balaka checkpoints by tagging along behind convoys of French or African peacekeepers. An eagerly awaited shipment from the World Food Programme is expected today. But it’s not enough. Many of Boda’s Muslim children suffer from malnutrition.
Irish Times

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