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Hunger in the news
23 February 2009

Two aid workers killed in Darfur ambush - peacekeepers

Gunmen shot dead two workers for a French aid group in an ambush in the Sudanese region of south Darfur, peacekeepers said on Monday. The two Sudanese staff from Aide Medicale Internationale were attacked on Saturday evening as they drove in a remote area where fighting has surged between government forces and rebels. Investigations suggested the gunmen, who rode camels and horses, were bandits, a spokesman for the joint U.N./African Union UNAMID peacekeeping force said. But the killings took place at a time of growing fears of targeted attacks on foreign aid groups in the war-torn region.
Reuters
Hunger in the news
23 February 2009

Zimbabwean President Mugabe meets visiting UN team

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Monday met Catherine Bragg, UN assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, at the State House in Harare. Bragg, who headed a UN team which also includes representativesfrom the World Health Organization, World Food Program and the United Nations Children's Fund, was on a five-day trip in Zimbabwe to understand the situation of this southern African country. Senior United Nations officials arrived in Harare on Saturday. They were preparing for a series of meetings with Zimbabwe's political leaders and UN colleagues dealing with the cholera epidemic and food shortages.
Xinhua
Hunger in the news
22 February 2009

Gunmen kidnap Pakistani in northern Somalia

Gunmen kidnapped a Pakistani national working on a farming project in Somalia's semi-autonomous northern region of Puntland on Sunday, a government official said. [...] Two Somali nationals working for the U.N.'s World Food Programme were killed by gunmen last month in the south of the Horn of Africa nation.
Reuters
Hunger in the news
22 February 2009

U.N. Official Condemns Rebel Attack in Sri Lanka

A top United Nations official condemned a kamikaze rebel attack on Sri Lanka's capital and urged both sides in the nation's civil war to avoid a "final bloodbath." Hours later, suspected Tamil separatists killed eight people in a shooting and stabbing attack. [...] Mr. Holmes, who met top government officials and visited displacement camps south of the fighting, said not enough food and other aid was reaching the trapped civilians, and he raised concerns about the heavy military presence at the camps for the more than 30,000 civilians who have fled the war zone. He promised the U.N. would send $10 million in emergency aid for food, medicine, shelter and other necessities for the displaced civilians, and urged both sides to ensure an orderly end to the conflict.
Wall street Journal
Hunger in the news
22 February 2009

UN team visits cholera-hit Zimbabwe

A UN humanitarian team arrived in Zimbabwe on Saturday to confront deadly cholera and a food crisis, and meet with President Robert Mugabe, officials said. "The mission arrived today. It is led by Catherine Bragg, the UN assistant secretary general for humanitarian affairs and deputy emergency relief co-ordinator of OCHA," a spokesman of the team, John Nyaga, told AFP. The other four members of the team are from the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Food Program (WFP) and the UN Children's Fund UNICEF, he said.
NineMSN / AFP
Hunger in the news
22 February 2009

UN to continue food aid program in Mindanao

The United Nations will continue its food aid program in conflict-affected areas in Central Mindanao, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said in its report. The UN food program benefited a total of 1,611,980 affected individuals in 2007 and has helped boost the peace process in Mindanao. “Currently, WFP has extended its support in Mindanao through the program on Immediate Support to Conflict-Affected Population in partnership with the Philippine government,” announced Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Avelino Razon Jr. who received the copy of the recently released WFP report yesterday. [...] Razon thanked the WFP for prioritizing conflict-affected areas in Mindanao, adding their move would help alleviate the plight of poor and marginalized people in Central Mindanao.
The Philippine Star
Hunger in the news
21 February 2009

India faces crisis as boom fails rural poor

High economic growth rates have failed to improve food security in India leaving the country facing a crisis in its rural economy, the UN World Food Programme warned yesterday. India has grown at about 9 per cent annually over the past three years, making it the second fastest growing economy in the world. Yet researchers behind the WFP's latest report on State of Food Insecurity in Rural India said rural unemployment was growing and had worsened over a decade celebrated for rising prosperity.
Financial Times
Hunger in the news
21 February 2009

Kenya, Turkey sign raft of protocols to boost bilateral trade

Kenya and Turkey have signed a raft of protocols aimed at increasing cooperation and bilateral trade between the two countries. The protocols also will address the trade imbalance between the two countries that is in favor of Turkey and whose volume currently stands at 250 million U.S. dollars. [...] Noting that Kenya's position in the region was pivotal, President Gul observed that other than being a hub and an entry point to the region, the country hosted the biggest UN office outside New York. The Turkish leader announced a donation of one million dollars through the World Food Programme towards Kenya's famine relief efforts.
Xinhua
Hunger in the news
21 February 2009

Mugabe's new crisis: no cash for birthday

ZIMBABWE'S president, Robert Mugabe, turns 85 today – but nobody wants to pay for his party. So far, fundraisers have been unable to raise the £17,500 needed to stage a party in the central town of Chinhoyi next week. [...] Mr Mugabe and his family have got used to lavish presidential birthday parties while the rest of the nation starves, stoking tension in this once-prosperous country. This year Zimbabweans are so hungry – and so angry – that seven petty thieves have been beaten to death in the last few weeks for robbing neighbours' vegetable gardens and farm plots, according to the official Herald newspaper. Seven million Zimbabweans need food aid this month, according to the UN's World Food Programme.
The Scotsman
Hunger in the news
21 February 2009

UNWFP report says most of rural India malnourished

The United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) says that most rural Indians are victims of malnutrition, despite the introduction of several government schemes to end the problem. A UNWFP with MS Swaminathan Research Foundation report released here said that 40 per cent of children under the age of three are underweight and a third of all men and women suffer from chronic energy deficiency.
NewsTrackIndia / ANI

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