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Hunger in the news
23 December 2013

After Typhoon Haiyan, a Story of Devastation and Resilience in the Philippines

In the wake of the tragedy, we traveled to the country earlier this month to survey the relief operations of the UN's World Food Programme (WFP). (..)Within hours of landfall, WFP began mobilizing pre-positioned food supplies, including rice from Sri Lanka and high-energy biscuits from Bangladesh, to reach survivors as quickly as possible.
Huffington Post
Hunger in the news
23 December 2013

Half a million wounded in Syria’s war: ICRC

Half a million people across war-hit Syria have been wounded, many of them lacking access to basic healthcare and treatment, the International Committee for the Red Cross said on Sunday. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday that half of Syria’s population of around 23 million is “food insecure” and nearly a third needs urgent assistance.“Recent assessments show that almost half the population inside Syria is food insecure and close to 6.3 million people need urgent, life-saving, food assistance,” WFP said in a statement.
South China Morning Post/ AFP
Hunger in the news
23 December 2013

Militia attack Muslims in Central African Republic's capital

The World Food Programme flew an emergency shipment of food and supplies to Bangui on Thursday evening, after temporarily halting flights because of violence in the capital. With more than 700,000 people displaced by the fighting in Central African Republic, WFP has warned of an impending food crisis. It said on Friday it was preparing to feed more than a million people there next year.
Reuters
Hunger in the news
23 December 2013

Central Africa hospitals under attack

Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the World Food Programme, said aid agencies were facing a "massive logistical challenge". "Operations in some places are dangerous for our personnel," she said, underlining the risks as the UN food agency seeks to expand deliveries to reach a million people next year, up from the current target of 500,000.
Global Post/ AFP
Hunger in the news
20 December 2013

Ghana News Agency

The World Food Programme on Thursday lauded Ghana’s School Feeding Programme, describing it as one of the few home grown ones in the world.
Ghana News Agency
Hunger in the news
20 December 2013

S. Sudan: 34,000 Seeking Shelter From Violence

The U.N. says 34,000 people in South Sudan are seeking refuge at U.N. bases in three locations across the country. The U.N.'s humanitarian arm said Friday that 20,000 people are seeking shelter in the capital, Juba, while 14,000 are seeking shelter in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, the scene of heavy violence this week. Several hundred people are seeking shelter in Bentiu, the capital of Unity State, where South Sudan's oil fields are concentrated.
The New York Times
Hunger in the news
18 December 2013

UN says 210,000 displaced in CAR violence

The UN World Food Program said on Tuesday that it was resuming food delivery to about 40,000 people near the Bangui airport after the security situation forced the work to stop over the weekend. (..) The agency also warned that up to a quarter of the mineral-rich nation's 5.2 million population risks going hungry.
Al Jazeera
Hunger in the news
17 December 2013

Miss Universe runner-up Chibana named Japan's 1st WFP ambassador

Kurara Chibana - a model who was the runner-up in the Miss Universe 2006 beauty pageant - was named Friday as the first Japanese ambassador for the World Food Program. (..) Elisabeth Rasmusson, assistant executive director of the Rome-based U.N. body, said at the ceremony she is glad that Chibana, who has supported the WFP, assumed the post of ambassador.
Kyodo News
Hunger in the news
17 December 2013

Quarter of Central African Republic's population risks hunger: WFP

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin told Reuters that security in the capital Bangui, which has seen a wave of killings and reprisals in the last two weeks, and in the rest of the country was still not guaranteed despite the presence of 1,600 French troops and an African peacekeeping force. This was making it difficult for humanitarian agencies to distribute food and other supplies to over half a million people who have fled their homes since mainly Muslim Seleka rebels took power in March, ousting President Francois Bozize.
Chicago Tribune
Hunger in the news
17 December 2013

UN launches $6.5bn Syria appeal

The UN has launched its biggest ever appeal for humanitarian aid after exhausting funds raised to help Syria this year, and said nearly three-quarters of the country's population will need help in 2014.It estimates that close to half of Syria's population has been displaced, while the World Food Programme says a similar number need "urgent, life-saving food assistance".The former British foreign secretary David Miliband, now president of the International Rescue Committee, said large parts of the Syrian population were threatened by starvation.
The Guardian

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