Hunger in the news

13 April 2011

Several aid groups have warned about the deteriorating humanitarian condition of tens of thousands of people sheltering in the compound of the Catholic Mission in Duekoue, 600km west of Abidjan in Ivory Coast.(..)Graan Jaff, the head of WFP Man office, was one of the first aid workers to reach the town of Duekoue after hundreds died in fighting there.

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13 April 2011

The UN is also working on delivering humanitarian aid to Cote d 'Ivoire, as the conflict has made supplies like food, water, and medicine less available, particularly in the embattled city of Abidjan.(..)"The World Food Program is today starting airlifts to provide food assistance to tens of thousands of internally displaced people in Cote d'Ivoire and Ivorian refugees in neighboring Liberia," he said.

13 April 2011

The World Food Program says it is airlifting life-saving food aid to tens of thousands of internally displaced people in Ivory Coast and Ivorian refugees in neighboring Liberia.(..)Spokeswoman Emilia Casella says food this week is being airlifted from Niger and Mali into the town of Man, in western Ivory Coast.(..)"We are particularly concerned and hopeful now that some people may be able to return and begin the planting," Casella said.

13 April 2011

The European Union announced a recovery package of 180 million euros for the Ivory Coast on Tuesday as residents of the African nation attempted to adjust to life with a clear leader and relative stability after months of bloodshed.(..)"We need to open up a humanitarian lifeline to the many Ivorians who are now the victims of alarming shortages of food, water and other basic needs," said Josette Sheeran, World Food Programme executive director.

12 April 2011

The president-elect of Ivory Coast has heralded "the dawn of a new hope" after the arrest of his rival Laurent Gbagbo.(..)"We need to open up a humanitarian lifeline to the many Ivorians who are now the victims of alarming shortages of food, water and other basic needs," said WFP's executive director Josette Sheeran.

11 April 2011

In New York, UN peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy warned that troops fighting for Gbagbo, who has refused to cede power after a November election, still had tanks and other heavy weapons and had made advances in the city.(..)The World Food Programme and UN relief agencies appealed for humanitarian corridors in the country to ensure safe access to fleeing civilians and ease aid deliveries from Liberia and Ghana.

8 April 2011

Countless dead bodies are strewn on the streets of Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan and entire neighbourhoods are without electricity and water following a week of fierce fighting between forces backing presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara and incumbent Laurent Gbagbo, the United Nations said late on Thursday.(..)WFP sent 85 tonnes of food to Duékoué while the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) has supplied soap, blankets, mats and cooking kits.

8 April 2011

Ivory Coast's internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara enforced a blockade Friday around his rival Laurent Gbagbo's Abidjan residence, as the UN said it had found more than 100 bodies in the west of the country.(..)Meanwhile the World Food Programme and other UN relief agencies on Friday called for humanitarian corridors in Ivory Coast to allow safe access to thousands of people who have fled the fighting.

7 April 2011

Ivoirians who have fled to eastern and southeastern Liberia are choosing to settle in villages rather than camps and transit centres, making them harder to help, say NGO workers.(..)The Liberian government’s Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission is leading the refugee aid response, working alongside UNHCR, the World Food Programme, the UN Children’s Fund, and NGOs, including Equip, DRC, the Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children, and Oxfam.

6 April 2011

The news of a ceasefire in Côte d’Ivoire comes as a relief to Abiba, but her concern remains how to find infant formula for her four-week-old twins; she is not eating and drinking enough to produce breast milk, and shops have been closed for days amid fierce fighting in the main city, Abidjan.(..)WFP has suspended all operations in Abidjan due to the security situation, WFP spokesperson for West Africa Malek Triki told IRIN. “The agency reached some 4,000 displaced people in Abidjan in recent weeks and plans to continue distributions once the security situation stabilizes."