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Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

WFP Executive Director Cousin: CAR “teetering on the brink of a catastrophic humanitarian disaster”

People often laugh when I say I like to meet smiling, chubby babies when I’m out looking at World Food Programme operations in the field. But it’s true. A happy, healthy baby is the most obvious sign that we’re getting things right. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that we are going to get things right all of the time, everywhere in the world. The desperate situation I’ve witnessed these past few days in the Central African Republic shows the dangers of ignoring the warning signals for far too long.
CNN: Amanpour
Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

WFP Begins South Sudan Food Airdrops

The U.N. World Food Program (WFP) has started airdropping food aid to remote areas of South Sudan that are unreachable because of insecurity "and other obstacles," including the onset of the rainy season, the U.N. agency said. Enough cereals to feed about 8,000 displaced people for 15 days were airdropped on Tuesday to the town of Ganyiel in Unity state, WFP spokeswoman Challiss McDonough said.
VOA News
Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

U.N. aid convoy ready to enter Syria from Turkey for first time

A U.N. convoy of about 80 trucks is ready to cross the Turkish border into Syria for the first time, aid officials said on Wednesday, in a step they hope will pave the way for humanitarian access to the country's most desperate areas.
Reuters/ Alertnet
Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

U.N. Stymied in Efforts to Take Aid to Syrians

Days after the Security Council resolution, the Syrian government agreed to let the United Nations and its partners enter from Turkey. But for two weeks, 80 trucks have been waiting on the Turkish side of the border, packed with clothing, food, and other aid bound for people living in the vast Hasakah Province, where no aid has arrived for a year.
The New York Times
Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

Urgent action needed to tackle food crisis in strife-torn Central African Republic – UN

A senior United Nations relief official today stressed the need to act quickly to assist people suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition in the Central African Republic (CAR), after witnessing the alarming situation first-hand during a visit to the strife-torn nation. “Today I heard harrowing stories from ordinary women and children of losing their families in the violence and traumatic attacks that forced them to flee,” Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), said after a visit to the north-western town of Bossangoa.
UN News Centre
Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

Forgotten among the forgotten: Foreign refugees in South Sudan's civil strife

Peter is one of several hundred Eritreans who, as foreign refugees, take a place on the bottom rung of the dispossessed – and are the forgotten among the already forgotten local South Sudan refugees, in a country now at war for three months. There are over 300 Somalis, and 160 Ethiopians, says ACTED, the NGO organization running the camp. Some fear returning home due to violence and political persecution, too.
Christian Science Monitor
Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

Cameroon border town battered by C.Africa spillover

Outlying Cameroonian shops in the buffer zone have been ransacked by various protagonists in the Central African crisis, which has escalated into an ethno-religious conflict. "If food doesn't arrive in Bangui, we are absolutely certain to see a further crisis," French army spokesman Gilles Jaron warned last week. The rainy season is due in April, he added, making driving harder than ever. Before the latest conflict, about 600 lorries plied the road each week, but traffic decreased sharply when armed groups attacked, together with highway bandits who have long been a problem.
Yahoo! News/ AFP
Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

Hunger in Syria's endless war shames us all

Consider for a moment the profound impact that Syria’s unrelenting war – entering its fourth year this week with no end in sight – has had on the lives of the millions of individuals who have lost everything. How many Syrian children are growing up who now know nothing but war? How many were born amid the sound of gunfire and explosions? Why do so many go to bed with empty stomachs? I have three sons myself and these questions trouble me. As the war drags on and on, the biggest challenge for the United Nations World Food Programme is reaching these people in Syria.
The Toronto Star
Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

Christian-Muslim marriages are latest casualty of sectarian strife in Central African Republic

Marriages between Christians and Muslims have survived the chaotic upheavals that the Central African Republic has endured since gaining independence from France, the former colonial power, in 1960. But the latest cataclysm is shattering these mixed unions, dividing families and communities. U.N. officials and aid workers are worried that the brutality and vengeance could permanently destroy the relationships between Christians and Muslims here.
The Washington Post
Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

A Syrian Refugee Camp With Girl Scouts And A Safeway Store

It's not just the refugees who are adapting to the new timeline. The aid agencies must change, too. They know their work is not about a quick fix anymore. They are starting to design programs to prepare Syrian refugees for an exile that could go on for years. (..) Recently, a modern supermarket store opened inside the camp with bright lights and wide aisles. These Syrians come from a culture of small bakeries, vegetable stands and the corner store.
NPR

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