Hunger in the news

20 September 2012

Newly arrived refugees at a camp along the volatile South Sudan-Sudan border say renewed fighting between rebels and Sudan’s military is likely to send thousands more people to an expanding camp here filled with refugees of war and hunger. (..) Since February, the population of Yida has skyrocketed from 17,000 to around 65,000 refugees.

13 September 2012

South Sudan’s Upper Nile state is now home to more than 100,000 refugees from Sudan’s Blue Nile state, where conflict has raged between government forces and insurgents for more than a year. (..) Stanlake Samkange, the East and Central Africa Director for the U.N's World Food Program [WFP], said the situation improved mainly due airdrops of food - a costly last resort - but could quickly worse again if more refugees arrive, and unless more funding is found.

28 August 2012

As conflict has raged in Sudan’s South Kordofan state and food supplies run low, a refugee camp over the border in South Sudan has swelled to more than 60,000 people. (..) Eddie Rowe, deputy director of the U.N. World Food Programme in South Sudan, said the agency will start dropping food in the coming weeks. “In country, we have enough stocks, [but] the biggest problem is to get the food into Yida," said Rowe. "So with this caseload, 60-61,000, we expect that 3,000 metric tons of food airdropped should take the distribution up to December. In the event of a new influx, we would have to expect another round of airdrops.”

27 August 2012

It's been only a year since South Sudan became an independent nation. But the young county is already facing major challenges. (..) Now the United Nations World Food Programme is pulling out all stops, including emergency air drops of grain, to help these families. "We use airdrops when there isn't another choice," Challiss McDonough, a spokesman for the World Food Programme. "We haven't done them anywhere in the world since 2009. But there is an urgent need to get food to these people."

17 August 2012

Officials from a United Nations food agency air-dropped 32 metric tons of food to refugees on the South Sudan-Sudan border, an expensive, last-ditch way to get food to tens of thousands of people who have been forced out of Sudan by fighting and hunger, an official said Thursday. (..) "This is the first in a series of airdrops that aims to replenish rapidly diminishing food stocks for more than 100,000 people who have fled the fighting north of the border," said WFP Director Ertharin Cousin, who is touring the region.

16 August 2012

Officials from a United Nations food agency air-dropped 32 metric tons of food to refugees on the South Sudan-Sudan border. (..) The food was wrapped in rugged bags and pushed out of a cargo plane that flew low and slow, then pointed its nose upward so the cargo slid out the rear, said Challiss McDonough, a World Food Program spokeswoman. (..) "WFP had prepositioned food stocks earlier in the year, but we had about 35,000 extra refugees come in so now we have to replenish the stocks," said George Fominyen, a WFP spokesman.

16 August 2012

The UN food agency on Wednesday staged a rare air drop of food to thousands of desperate refugees in South Sudan stranded by floods, officials said. (..) WFP executive director Ertharin Cousin, who is in Juba, said in a statement there would be more air drops "to replenish rapidly diminishing food stocks" for refugees from fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

14 August 2012

A plan backed by the United Nations, the African Union and the Arab League for delivering aid to war-affected Sudanese states has not come too late, the head of the World Food Programme said Monday.(..) "It's never too late to get to a plan when there is an opportunity to serve," WFP's executive director, Ertharin Cousin, told reporters. "We have beneficiaries in need."

3 August 2012

The World Food Program says it will soon begin air-dropping food aid to tens of thousands of refugees in South Sudan. (..) Spokeswoman Rene McGuffin says the start of the rainy season has made it hard to deliver food by ground, and is spreading sickness among those fleeing their homes. “These refugees are arriving in weakened condition, and many of whom are battling illness, particularly with the rains.”

9 July 2012

People took to the streets of the capital Juba Monday to celebrate the first anniversary of South Sudan's independence. But deep concerns remain about the future of the world's newest nation. (..) According to the World Food Programme's latest Crop and Food Security Assessment, South Sudan's national cereal deficit for 2012 is estimated at more than 470,000 metric tons - almost half of total consumption requirements for the year.