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A daily selection of news reports from the world's media dealing with hunger and responses to it.

Hunger in the news
1 September 2014

Four out of ten children suffer from chronic malnutrition in Colombia

[Article in Spanish] There are several Departments in Colombia with chronic malnutrition rates of around 35%, in other words 4 out of 10 children are being affected. In indigenous communities the situation is more dramatic, where 7 out of 10 children suffers from chronic malnutrition. 

Focus on Women
18 July 2014

UN World Food Programme in Ecuador: Strengthening Food Security through Ancestral Knowledge

As Ecuador further modernizes, it may be able to find stable ground by drawing upon knowledge from its past. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Ecuador is using ancestral knowledge (conocimiento ancestral) to effectively reduce the impacts of climate change by helping Ecuadorian people to successfully adapt.

Huffington Post blog
11 July 2014

Nicaragua highlight efforts on nutrition

The World Food Programme (WFP)  Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Miguel Barreto, today highlighted the efforts of the Nicaraguan government in food. [News Article In Spanish]

prensa latina
Hunger in the news
7 May 2014

Gunfire Forces UN Agency To Suspend Food Delivery To Beseiged Palestinian Refugees In Syria

Gunfire stopped distribution of food in a besieged Palestinian refugee camp on Monday, a United Nations spokesperson confirmed, reiterating demands that the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees be allowed to safely and without interruption distribute substantial quantities of food and other humanitarian assistance inside Yarmouk. The spokesman, Chris Gunness, said the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) distributed food parcels to only 162 civilian families earlier on Monday. The gunfire injured at least one civilian bystander, and forced the UNRWA team to withdraw and return to its field office. "Today's incident highlights the ongoing risks faced by civilians and humanitarian personnel in Yarmouk and other contested areas," Gunness said in a statement following the shooting.


Shanghai Daily/ Xinhua
Hunger in the news
2 May 2014

Aleppo School Bombing Condemned By U.N.

At least 10 children are among 19 people killed in a Syrian regime air raid on a school in Aleppo, an attack described by the UN's humanitarian chief as a horrific violation of law. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-government monitoring group, Wednesday’s attack hit the Ein Jalout school in the east of the city.

Al Jazeera
Hunger in the news
2 May 2014

Diplomatic Efforts On Syria Have Failed, U.N. Chiefs Say

Two months after the United Nations Security Council ordered Syria’s warring parties to allow access for humanitarian aid to civilians, the heads of five United Nations agencies warned on Wednesday that diplomacy had failed and that the desperate plight of civilians in many parts of the country was getting worse. “The war escalates in many areas,” the leaders of five United Nations agencies that coordinate and deliver humanitarian relief said in a statement released in Geneva. “The humanitarian situation deteriorates day after day.”

New York Times
Hunger in the news
9 April 2014

All Parties In Syria Blocking Aid, Says Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary General has accused all parties in Syria's civil war of "flagrant violations" of international law over the delivery of aid. Ban Ki-moon urged the Security Council to act to implement a resolution passed in February demanding greater access. In his second report to the council on the resolution, Mr Ban said almost 3.5m civilians were being denied vital aid, including medicine and medical care. (..)Earlier on Wednesday, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told Reuters news agency that hopes for a political deal to end Syria's war were fading and it was getting harder every day to send aid to trapped and displaced civilians.

BBC News
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


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