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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
Hunger in the news
5 January 2009

Somalis 'filling' Ethiopian gaps

African Union officials in Somalia have told the BBC pro-government forces in the capital Mogadishu are plugging gaps left by departing Ethiopian troops. A BBC correspondent says pro-government forces face an array of insurgents which has so far proved stronger. African Union peacekeepers on Sunday said they may have no option but to leave unless their mandate is boosted and their troop numbers bolstered.
BBC News
Hunger in the news
5 January 2009

The people’s hardship

There is no more fuel oil or gas to buy in the markets in the Gaza Strip. Flour, rice, sugar, dairy products and tinned food run short, too. The UN World Food Programme estimates that by now about 80 percent of the population rely on food assistance.
Frankfurter Neue Presse
Hunger in the news
5 January 2009

U.S. Sending Emergency Aid to Darfur

With just 15 days left in office, President Bush announced Monday that he had ordered an immediate airlift to deliver vehicles and equipment to the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan to bolster a struggling international peacekeeping effort there.
New York Times
Hunger in the news
5 January 2009

UN says fresh fighting displaced 50,000 in Somalia

The UN top relief official for Somalia said on Monday that fresh fighting in Somalia has uprooted another 50,000 Somalis, further worsening the already severe humanitarian crisis.
Xinhua
Hunger in the news
4 January 2009

1,000,000,000 people

One billion people will go hungry around the world next year for the first time in human history as the international financial crisis deepens, the United Nations has said.
The Sunday Independent
Hunger in the news
4 January 2009

Opinion - Simon Webster: Nature bites back

A lost world has been discovered in the south-east African nation of Mozambique after explorers spotted an unexpected patch of green on Google Earth and mounted an expedition. [...] Mozambiqueans are returning to the area, long cut off by civil war. Pressure to log the forest for wood or clear it for people to grow food will be great, the scientists fear.
Sydney Morning Herald

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