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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
Hunger in the news
4 January 2009

Q & A on the conflict in Gaza

The humanitarian situation is critical - Christine VanNieuwenhuyse, WFP representative in oPt, stated that 80% Gaza’s population is dependent on food assistance.
La Croix
Hunger in the news
3 January 2009

UN food agency decries 'appalling' situation in Gaza

The UN emergency food programme has begun distributing bread to families caught up in an "appalling" humanitarian situation in Gaza, the agency said Friday. "The current situation in Gaza is appalling, and many basic food items are no longer available on the market," the World Food Programme's representative in the occupied Palestinian territory, Christine van Nieuwenhuyse, said in a statement.
Agence France Presse (AFP)
Hunger in the news
3 January 2009

GAZA: second week of the Israeli offensive

According to Christine VanNieuwenhuyse, WFP representative for oPt, the situation in Gaza is disastrous and many basic foods are no longer available.
Agence France Presse (AFP) Liberation
Hunger in the news
2 January 2009

Food assistance runs out of money

January 2 - The UN call for about US-$ 5.2 billion for the UN Word Food Programme (WFP). Funding secured only until April. The United Nations and humanitarian organisations warn of an aggravation of the hunger problem in the wake of a possible economic crisis.
Süddeutsche Zeitung

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