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Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

'Forgotten' Syria in urgent need of humanitarian aid

In the shadow of the Crimean crisis, the civil war in Syria risks being forgotten. As the number of those in desperate need continues to grow, financial aid from abroad is diminishing and the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) has sounded the alarm, EurActiv Germany reports.
EurActiv
Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

Three Years of Strife and Cruelty Put Syria in Free Fall

“It’s not just a humanitarian issue, a need to feed people,” Dr. Fouad M. Fouad, a Syrian doctor who studies the impact of the conflict, told a conference at the American University of Beirut last week. “It’s a historical, geopolitical issue.” Aid workers are scrambling to refocus public attention on Syria. Private donations for Syrians have lagged far behind those for other emergencies, like the recent typhoon in the Philippines, international aid groups say.
The New York Times
Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

How equal rights boost food security

Civilians in central Darfur, Sudan, have been deliberately targeted and subjected to unlawful killings, sexual violence including rape, and looting after fighting between two Arab tribes intensified, Amnesty International said on Friday. Elements of government paramilitary forces and other armed militias were involved in the hostilities, particularly in large-scale attacks against civilians in and around Um Dukhun, central Darfur.
IRIN News
Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

Niger food crisis scheme offers local approach to recurring cycle of hunger

Last month, Valerie Amos, the UN's humanitarian chief, called for an extra $2bn (£1.25bn) from donors to combat another looming food crisis in the Sahel. Traditionally, these men would be leaving around this time of year to look for jobs in neighbouring Nigeria, but the World Food Programme is paying 25,000 CFA a month ($52) as part of a cash-for-work scheme to clear the lake. "Our research shows that it can take up to three years for people to fully recover from a crisis," said Benoit Thiry, WFP country director. Three droughts across the Sahel in fewer than eight years had severely tested people's coping mechanisms, he added. "We have to act now to make sure that gains we've made in recent years are not lost, so that people have alternatives to just borrowing money again to get themselves through the next crisis."
The Guardian
Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

CAR refugees reject religious divides in DRC

More than 30,000 Muslims have fled the Central African Republic (CAR) since religious and political conflict began a year ago. Nearly 10,000 refugees, both Muslims and Christians, are accommodated in the Boyabu Camp, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The refugees from the two religions live peacefully side by side, and say this was the case for many years back home.
Al Jazeera
Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

Ukraine Crisis Hampers EU's Central African Republic Mission

The Ukraine crisis is hampering the European Union's plans to send a peacekeeping force to Central African Republic because nervous eastern European countries want to keep their troops at home rather than send them to Africa, diplomats said on Friday. The EU has drawn up plans to send 800 to 1,000 soldiers to Central African Republic to join 6,000 African and 2,000 French troops, who have struggled to stop the fighting that started when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power a year ago in the majority Christian state.
VOA News
Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

Syrian Doctors Seeing More Than 10 Kids A Week With Life-Threatening Malnutrition

Now aid workers believe starvation cases are increasing in besieged areas of Syria and malnutrition is spreading among the poorest Syrian refugees. (..) A survey in Jordan found that 4 percent of Syrian refugee children under five needed treatment for moderate or acute malnutrition, the World Food Programme said on Monday.
Huffington Post/ AP
Hunger in the news
21 March 2014

Camp for Syrian refugees starts to look more like home

At the new Safeway store in the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan, the Syrian cashiers wear bright blue tabards that read "here to help you". There is no need for cash. The shop accepts World Food Programme (WFP) food vouchers and will soon switch to pre-paid debit cards. "Syrians are among the gourmets of the region and like a diverse, sophisticated diet that we can't provide through regular food distribution," says the WFP's Jonathan Campbell.
BBC News
Nutrition
20 March 2014

Canada, Guatemala Partner on Zero Hunger Pact

Canada has donated CAN$2 million to Guatemala to fund the manufacturing of “Mi Comidita,” (my little food) a powdered, fortified food supplement designed specifically for children in the first 1,000 days of life (0-2 years), a “window of opportunity” critical to their long-term well-being. The Zero Hunger Pact, spearheaded by the Guatemalan government, WFP, and the Canadian Embassy in Guatemala, is now active in the department of Totonicapán to help 3,000 pregnant and nursing mothers and their children.

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Hunger in the news
13 March 2014

Shortages and deprivation blight Syria after 3 years of war

The human degradation in Syria, notably in areas besieged by the army, has reached levels unimaginable three years ago.
AFP

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