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Hunger in the news
17 December 2013

Syria crisis: 'These families once had pretty good lives'

As the UN launches its biggest ever aid appeal, distribution centres in Syria are providing thousands of people with basic supplies. The World Food Programme's Matthew Hollingworth told the BBC the people seeking help "perhaps a year or two years ago would have been living a pretty good life."
BBC News
Hunger in the news
17 December 2013

Half of Syria's population has no food security

Half of Syria's population is "food insecure" and nearly a third needs urgent assistance, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said Monday, as it reported plans to step up aid. The report came as the International Rescue Committee also warned that Syrians were struggling to secure food as the price of bread has soared by 500 percent since the conflict erupted 33 months ago.
AFP
Hunger in the news
16 December 2013

Syria's battle for bread

In a punishing war, bread is now a barometer of Syrians' suffering. Even their most basic food has become hard to find, even harder to afford. (..) A few streets away, at a crowded distribution site for the World Food programme, country director Matthew Hollingworth observes that "people are eating less, eating less often, and the quality of food is also less".
BBC News
Hunger in the news
16 December 2013

U.N. Seeks $6.5 Billion for Syria Crisis in 2014

The United Nations appealed for $6.5 billion for Syria and its neighbors on Monday to help 16 million people next year, many of them hungry or homeless victims of a 33-month-old conflict that has no end in sight. (..)The U.N. World Food Programme aims to feed 4.25 million people in Syria, where it reached only 3.4 million in November. "This is the worst humanitarian crisis that we have seen in decades, with every day more vulnerable Syrians pushed into hunger," Muhannad Hadi, WFP's Syria Emergency Coordinator, said.
The New York Times
Hunger in the news
16 December 2013

U.N. starts first aid airlifts to Syria from Iraq as cold grips

The United Nations sent its first delivery of humanitarian aid by air to Syria from Iraq on Sunday and said it plans to deliver more food and winter supplies to the mainly Kurdish northeast in the next 12 days. "This wave of extreme cold led to deteriorating conditions for people in the city of Qamishli and other places in Syria," Iyad Nuaman, World Food Programme regional coordinator, told Reuters
Reuters
Hunger in the news
16 December 2013

UN Utilizing Financial Inclusion Programs to Fight Rural Poverty

Ertharin Cousin of the World Food Program said that financial inclusion should not be seen as another aid program. “The goal is to create an opportunity where we begin a program that ultimately becomes a full agricultural value chain improvement that outlives WFP’s participation,” explained Cousin. With a population of more than 84 million people, and more than 80 percent of them living in rural areas, Ethiopia was chosen for a three-day work visit on financial inclusion by the three U.N. food agencies: the World Food Program, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
VOA News
Hunger in the news
13 December 2013

U.N. changes tack to slow worsening hunger, poverty in Sahel

The United Nations is changing tack in its efforts to tackle the worsening hunger and poverty in Africa’s arid and insecure Sahel belt by bridging the gap between its humanitarian and development sectors, a senior U.N. official said on Thursday. (..) In an interview with Thomson Reuters Foundation, Robert Piper, the U.N.’s Sahel humanitarian coordinator, was critical of the United Nations for failing to link the work of the short-term “humanitarian” and long-term “development” sectors to provide coherent planning for areas like the Sahel.
Reuters Alertnet
Hunger in the news
13 December 2013

Typhoon Haiyan Deaths in Philippines Top 6,000

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said that temporary bunkhouses and emergency shelters were being constructed and residents given cash in exchange for work, including repacking and hauling relief goods.
The New York Times / AP
Hunger in the news
13 December 2013

Humanitarian crisis looms in CAR capital

Aid workers say only a fraction of Bangui's estimated 800,000 residents remained in the city, with many of the homeless taking shelter near a French military base and in other areas considered more safe, according to the AFP news agency. The focus is shifting to conditions in the makeshift camps, with humanitarian workers raising fears of cholera and other diseases spreading.
Al Jazeera
Hunger in the news
13 December 2013

Winter Storm 'Alexa' Chills the Middle East

The World Food Programme said it was distributing 10,000 liters of fuel for cooking and heating to internally displaced families living in 10 shelters in Damascus. WFP Syria Director Matthew Hollingworth said many Syrians had fled without enough warm clothes or blankets. "Syria is always quite cold in winter but it is quite different when you face a fierce winter in a shelter with very limited resources rather than in the comfort of your own home," he said.
The New York Times / Reuters

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