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Hunger in the news
20 January 2014

UN, Aid Organizations Warn Of Dire Situation In The Central African Republic

And in a release yesterday, the World Food Programme said that an estimated 2.6 million people in the country are now in need of humanitarian assistance. (..)The UN has designated the country as one of the top three global humanitarian emergencies, and has put out an urgent appeal for a $271-million Strategic Response Plan to ease what it calls a "mega-tragedy." The WFP, meanwhile, is seeking $117 million to assist 1.25 million people in the country. George is the WFP's Canada Ambassador Against Hunger.
CBC News
Hunger in the news
20 January 2014

Last-Ditch Effort Emerges to Restore Order in Central African Republic

The state no longer exists in the Central African Republic. On Friday, a spokeswoman for the World Food Program said that about 40 aid trucks carrying rice were stuck at the border, unable to enter the country because of the absence of customs officials. By next week, she warned, cereal stocks will be exhausted here in the nation’s capital.
The New York Times
Hunger in the news
16 January 2014

Donors Offer $2.4 Billion to Aid Syrian Civilians, but U.N. Says More Is Needed

Western nations, Arab states and others pledged more than $2.4 billion on Wednesday to help civilians who are suffering because of the civil war in Syria.
The New York Times
Hunger in the news
15 January 2014

Central African Republic Violence Ebbs, but U.N. Warns of Flare-Up

The drop in violence has enabled relief agencies to resume deliveries of food and medical aid, but the World Food Program expressed concern on Tuesday that “new waves of violence” around the town of Bozoum had restricted access to people in need. (..) The World Food Program has appealed for $107 million in aid to the Central African Republic, but reported on Tuesday that it had received only 12 percent of that amount and had not received any additional funds from donors since the start of the year.
The New York Times
Hunger in the news
15 January 2014

WFP official says more food aid desperately needed to feed thousands in South Sudan

Speaking in Rome, Valerie Guarnieri, WFP's East and Central Africa Regional Director, said the organisation had begun providing food for displaced people within days of the outbreak of fighting. She estimated that the WFP has assisted at least 100-thousand people since mid-December.
The Telegraph (UK)
Hunger in the news
15 January 2014

WFP chief praises His Highness the Amir''s hosting of 2nd Syria''s donors conf.

The World Food Program (WFP) Tuesday praised His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's hosting of the second donors conference, saying Kuwait was playing a leading humanitarian role. WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, in an interview with KUNA, said she would be participating in the January 15 donors conference as the Syrian conflict was approaching its third year.
KUNA - Kuwait News Agency (Kuwait)
Hunger in the news
15 January 2014

U.N. Feeds a Record 3.8 Million in Syria

WFP is gravely concerned about people who live in areas under siege,” U.N. spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said at a news conference in Geneva. (..) The WFP’s executive director Ertharin Cousin said last week the agency has scaled up its food assistance to reach 4.25 million people inside Syria.
Time Magazine
Hunger in the news
15 January 2014

Syrian food crisis worsens as clashes continue

The WFP expressed concern at reports of malnutrition in areas where fighting between government forces and rebel groups has trapped civilians. The agency said children were especially vulnerable to starvation as the country’s three-year-old civil war drags on.
Al Jazeera English
Hunger in the news
14 January 2014

Meet Nigeria's first reality star

Actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde talks about sharing her life with millions of television viewers and her passion for activism, including for WFP.
CNN International
Hunger in the news
14 January 2014

U.N. feeds record 3.8 million in Syria but concerned by malnutrition

The U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP) delivered rations to a record 3.8 million people in Syria in December, but civilians in eastern provinces and besieged towns near the capital remain out of reach, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
Reuters

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