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Hunger in the news
26 March 2014

Humanitarian crisis looms as refugees from South Sudan pour into Ethiopia

Refugees from South Sudan are also escaping south to Uganda and Kenya and north to Sudan, but with the onset of the rainy season, options will be limited and many more civilians will be driven towards Ethiopia. Transporting food and other supplies to the refugees will become more difficult and expensive as the few existing roads, many of them little more than dirt tracks, become impassable. Then there are the additional threats around sanitation and health – malaria, diarrhoea and cholera included.
The Guardian
Hunger in the news
26 March 2014

This year at DIHAD: Women and aid

The 10th annual Dubai International Humanitarian Aid Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD) is themed Women and Aid. IRIN is the media partner of this year’s conference. Other speakers and panellists are from: the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Red Crescent Societies, European Commission - Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO), ActionAid, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), International Organization For Migration (IOM), World Health Organization (WHO), Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
IRIN News
Hunger in the news
26 March 2014

UN chief says both sides block aid to Syrians

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blamed the Syrian government and opposition Monday for escalating violence and blocking aid to millions in desperate need of help, despite pledges from both sides to comply with a Security Council resolution demanding immediate access everywhere in the country to deliver aid. Despite the worsening security environment, the UN World Food Program and its partners provided food to 3.7 million people in February, Ban said. But he added, "the assistance reaching people continues to fall far short of what is required to cover even their basic needs."
China Daily
Hunger in the news
26 March 2014

Crisis in CAR: forgotten – now ignored?

The UN says almost a million people are displaced within Central African Republic, or seeking safety in neighbouring Chad and Cameroon, representing nearly a quarter of the population. During a World Food Programme visit, executive director Ertharin Cousin warned: "The people who have been affected by the crisis here in the Central African Republic are not only being forgotten, they are now being ignored and we cannot allow children to go hungry, we cannot miss the planting season while the world ignores the people of CAR."
Al Jazeera
Hunger in the news
24 March 2014

We're Wasting A Third Of The World's Food

While 3.1 billion tons of food fails to reach an estimated 870 million people, the rest of us are wasting roughly one-third of the food we do have. It gets worse: That waste creates a carbon footprint equivalent to 3.3 billion tons of CO2.
Huffington Post
Hunger in the news
24 March 2014

Aid workers distribute food in Haiti as nation struggles with drought

Aid workers in Haiti have begun distributing food to help some of the Caribbean nation’s poorest people cope with a severe drought, an official with a United Nations agency said Thursday. The World Food Program on Wednesday began handing out cereal, vegetable oil and iodized salt to 10,000 people in towns in the northwestern peninsula of Haiti, WFP program chief Antoine Renard said.
The Toronto Star
Hunger in the news
24 March 2014

UN, Aid Officials Plead for End to South Sudan Fighting

United Nations emergency response officials called on the warring sides in South Sudan to stop fighting to alleviate the suffering of the country's people, who are facing extreme hardship as unrest goes into a fourth month and the rainy season looms. (..) Aid agencies including the World Food Program (WFP) and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have reported that their offices, hospitals and warehouses have been looted during the fighting in the country. David Kaatrud of WFP said some aid has been held up at checkpoints that have been set up along roads leading to Jonglei and Unity states, two of the states most heavily impacted by the fighting and the resulting humanitarian crisis.
VOA News
Hunger in the news
24 March 2014

Jordan's 'forgotten' urban refugees from Syria

In Jordan, the vast majority of about 600,000 registered Syrian refugees shelter in towns and cities, not camps, and they are struggling just to survive. Almost four out of five Syrian refugees in Jordan live outside the formal camps, but get nothing like the same amount of international attention. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says it is concerned that many Syrians living in urban areas have "reached the limits of their ability to cope", finding it hard to pay rents, while facing inadequate housing and educational challenges for children. Zarqa is drawing Syrians fleeing the violent three-year civil war because of its proximity to the border and its relative affordability compared with other towns, such as Mafraq and Irbid, where rents and food prices have skyrocketed.
BBC News
Hunger in the news
24 March 2014

UN aid trucks cross from Turkey to Syria

At least 20 humanitarian aid trucks sent by the UN have crossed the Turkish border into Syria bringing food, blankets, mattresses, family kits, hygiene kits, medicines and medical supplies. Four UN agencies are taking part in the convoy with the support of OCHA: the World Food Programme, the UN Refugee Agency, the UN Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization along with the International Organization for Migration.
Turkish Press
Hunger in the news
24 March 2014

Dallaire: Canada must act in Central African Republic to avoid another Rwanda

The European Union promised to send 1,000 troops, but the plan has reportedly been complicated by Ukraine’s uprising, as European countries want to keep their forces close to home. Meanwhile, the humanitarian crisis in this impoverished nation of 4.5 million worsens by the day. The rainy season this month will bring disease and make many roads impassable. On Friday, after a two-day visit to CAR, the executive director of the World Food Programme said the food shortage is not only threatening CAR but its neighbours which harbour refugees. “It is not overstating the facts to say that CAR is teetering on the brink of a catastrophic humanitarian disaster,” Ertharin Cousin wrote in her blog.
The Toronto Star

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