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Hunger in the news
6 January 2009

Egypt asks for opening of humanitarian routes

Egypt has called for the creation of humanitarian corridors in Gaza to allow food and medicine to be brought in, as Israeli air strikes forced the closure of its Rafah crossing to aid and the wounded.
The Age
Hunger in the news
6 January 2009

Ugandan peacekeeper, WFP worker killed in Somalia

A roadside bomb killed a Ugandan soldier in Somalia's capital on Tuesday and masked gunmen murdered a man working for the United Nation's World Food Programme in the southwest of the Horn of Africa nation. The killings come as Ethiopian troops who have been propping up an interim government and fighting Islamist insurgents for the past two years are pulling out of Somalia, saying their mission has been accomplished.
Reuters
Hunger in the news
5 January 2009

FM: We're allowing more aid into Gaza

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni met Sunday with the representatives of a number of organizations providing humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, amid Israeli efforts to ensure that aid to the Palestinians continues even as the scale of the fighting is intensified.
Hunger in the news
5 January 2009

A case for intervention

By any reasonable measure, Zimbabwe's president has committed crimes against humanity justifying an international response If the Bush doctrine justified the use of armed force to prevent harm to westerners, then the Obama doctrine should be to use the force of international law to stop crimes against humanity or grave, man-made humanitarian disasters.
The Guardian
Hunger in the news
5 January 2009

Concerns of civilian deaths rise in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan forces overran another village Monday and moved closer to seizing a strategic base from the Tamil Tigers, but concerns are mounting for the hundreds of thousands of civilians living in the rebels' shrinking territory.
Associated Press (AP) Washington Post
Hunger in the news
5 January 2009

Gaza: women and children

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza affects women and children first and foremost, according to UNICEF. On Friday, WFP qualified the food security situation in Gaza as “disastrous.” The Israeli offensive has already killed over 500 people.
Le Figaro
Hunger in the news
5 January 2009

Hell in Gaza

The humanitarian situation is getting worst since the state of Israel launched an offensive on the Gaza strip on the 27th of December. The World Food Program denounced a catastrophic food situation in Gaza.
Le Soir
Hunger in the news
5 January 2009

Israel Deepens Gaza Incursion as Toll Mounts

Israeli troops commandeered high-rise buildings in three eastern districts of Gaza City on Monday, expelling residents and shooting militants in the streets in their furious effort to break Hamas’s fighting ability. On the 10th day of Israel’s war on the Islamist rulers of Gaza, more Palestinian civilians, including about 12 children, were killed and fuel and water supplies were severely strained for hundreds of thousands.
New York Times
Hunger in the news
5 January 2009

Israel offensive heightens Gaza humanitarian crisis

Israel's military onslaught against Hamas has aggravated Gaza's humanitarian crisis, with electricity and communications cut and the population now facing dire food shortages, aid agencies said overnight. The Israeli army said the World Food Program (WFP) halted emergency shipments to Gaza because its warehouses were full, but the UN agency insisted it was desperate to get supplies into the enclave.
ABC News (Australia)
Hunger in the news
5 January 2009

Rich states target poor’s farmland

Resource-hungry nations are snapping up huge tracts of agricultural land in poor Asian nations, in what activists say is a “land grab” that will worsen poverty and malnutrition. Global trends including high prices for oil and commodities, the biofuel boom and now the sweeping downturn are spurring import-reliant countries to take action to protect their sources of food.
Philippine Daily Inquirer

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