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Responding to Emergencies
1 April 2014

South Sudan: Hunger Mounts As Conflict Disrupts Markets

The ongoing conflict in South Sudan is uprooting families and paralysing the food markets they depend on. Among the thousands forced to flee their homes is Elizabeth Nyanchuit, who trekked for 10 hours with her children and neighbours to find safety. She is now living in a hut made of reeds in Ganyiel, a rural community in the country's northern Unity State.

Fight Against HIV/AIDS
31 March 2014

Orphaned Child In Zimbabwe Smiles Again

Harare – WFP is providing nutritional support to malnourished children under five years of age, to pregnant and nursing women, and to food-insecure households with chronically-ill members. This is the story of the support being given to one family in Zimbabwe.

Responding to Emergencies
26 March 2014

Olympique Marseille Soccer Club Supports Children In Central African Republic

France’s Olympique Marseille soccer club is supporting the World Food Programme’s food assistance operations in the Central African Republic (CAR), a country teetering on the brink of humanitarian catastrophe.

Contributions to WFP
26 March 2014

The Day I Performed At Nyaragusu Refugee Camp In Tanzania

Earlier this year, musician Jerry Julian performed a concert in Nyaragusu refugee camp, Tanzania. WFP organised the event to highlight the support given to the refugees by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO). Jerry has the story...

Focus on Women
25 March 2014

Focusing On Women And The Environment for A Hunger-free Malawi

This March, WFP joined the global community in honouring International Women’s Month under the theme ‘Equality for women is progress for all’. In Malawi, a country affected by food insecurity and climate change, WFP is empowering women and protecting the environment through the Africa Adaption Programme.

Responding to Emergencies
24 March 2014

'Hunger In Syria Shames Us All': WFP Emergency Coordinator

There are people forced to gather leaves, roots and grass in a bid to quell their children’s hunger, says WFP’s Regional Emergency Coordinator Muhannad Hadi as he reflects on the humanitarian impact of the Syrian crisis. This personal view of the crisis, built up while overseeing WFP’s emergency operations, comes as the conflict moves into its fourth year.

Responding to Emergencies
22 March 2014

Fleeing Homes, South Sudanese Find Refuge And Food In Ethiopia

Tens of thousands of refugees from South Sudan are pouring into Ethiopia, fleeing the fighting in their homeland. By the end of the year, officials say Ethiopia could be hosting some 150,000 South Sudanese refugees. WFP is distributing food rations to refugees in camps and border crossings, along with special, nutrient-packed foods for the most vulnerable. But the sheer numbers of new arrivals are straining the resources of the humanitarian community.

Responding to Emergencies
21 March 2014

CAR Crisis: Refugees And Congolese Residents Manage To Make Ends Meet

When conflict or disaster hits, local families are the primary source of refuge and comfort for the disaster/conflict-affected populations before front line humanitarian agencies like WFP can have time and resources to intervene. In DRC’s northern province of Equateur several Congolese families have opened their doors to hundreds of thousands of CAR citizens who had fled scenes of horrors in their home country last year. Marie-Claire, a Congolese young mother tells us what it is to be a host family.

Blog
21 March 2014

Blog From Central African Republic: Teetering On The Brink

Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, has just wrapped up a two-day fact-finding visit to the Central African Republic – a country facing a humanitarian disaster that risks getting even worse. In her latest blog, the WFP chief talks about her personal impressions of this ‘forgotten crisis’.

Statement
20 March 2014

WFP Starts Voucher Assistance In Darfur’s Largest IDP Camp

Huwa, a displaced mother of three, is now able to “shop” for her food inside Darfur’s largest camp for internally displaced people. After seven years of receiving traditional food rations of cereals and chickpeas, she is now able to exchange her voucher for fresh produce as well as food that cater to the community’s taste like dried okra and dried tomatoes.

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