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Hunger in the news
22 January 2014

New leader raises hopes of end to bloodshed in C. Africa

A day after Catherine Samba-Panza, the mayor of the capital Bangui, was elected interim president by the transitional parliament, residents said the city was unusually calm, apart from isolated acts of looting by gangs of youths. The UN World Food Programme warned it was running out of supplies for a growing number of homeless people, including about 100,000 Bangui residents who have fled to a sprawling tent city near the airport where foreign troops are based.
AFP/ Yahoo! News
Hunger in the news
21 January 2014

WFP: Emergency Food Running Out in CAR

The World Food Program warns it is running out of emergency food aid in Central African Republic. The U.N. agency says supply routes are blocked as fighting and insecurity worsen. WFP spokesperson Frances Kennedy says as the number of people in need has risen the amount of available food aid has declined.
VOA News
Hunger in the news
21 January 2014

UN says running out of food for CAR

The United Nations has said it was running out of food for a growing number of homeless people in Central African Republic, with spreading unrest hobbling distribution efforts. The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday that 38 trucks carrying rice are stuck at the Cameroon border and drivers were refusing to cross the frontier due to the threat of attacks. "WFP cereal stocks are close to being exhausted and pulses too will soon run out," said a WFP statement.
Al Jazeera
Hunger in the news
21 January 2014

Iran ready to help UN send aid to Syrian people

In a meeting with the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi stressed Tehran’s attempts to resolve the Syrian crisis through diplomatic means and said Iran is ready to send humanitarian aid to Syrian people both inside and outside the country. Ertharin Cousin said in this meeting that the United Nations World Food Programme, irrespective of political issues, just aims to perform its principal duty to provide services for refugees and immigrants, particularly in crisis-stricken areas such as Syria.
Press TV
Hunger in the news
20 January 2014

In pictures: In Syria, delivering relief among the chaos is a tall order

Among the warring factions, human-rights violations, deaths, destruction, dislocation, and the needs of millions of refugees, Canadian Simon Hacker co-ordinates aid efforts for the World Food Programme. Here's some of what he has to navigate.
The Global and Mail
Hunger in the news
20 January 2014

WFP Syria director says peace talks must address humanitarian aid

Syria’s warring sides must seize this week’s peace conference in Switzerland as a chance to allow humanitarian aid workers access to nearly 3 million people who have been under siege or cut off by fighting, the World Food Programme (WFP) says. WFP’s Syria Country Director Matthew Hollingworth urged combatants to call a ceasefire in order to enable aid workers to reach trapped civilians, bring in aid and medical help, assess needs and carry out evacuations.
Reuters/ Alertnet
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

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