A unique view of all the ways WFP is assisting millions of people worldwide.
Somalia is one of the toughest places to work for a humanitarian worker. Security considerations affect everything – even getting an email system set up. Amos Mwea describes the challenges he faces installing a satellite dish at Mogadishu’s seaport.
Fatia and Halima are a pair of young mothers who struggle to find enough food for their families in the alleys of Modagishu. They’re fighting to protect their children from malnutrition, a battle they stand a good chance of winning with help from a special food product called Plumpy’Sup.
The UN focused its attention to the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa on Saturday, with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warning that the “crisis grows deeper by the day”. Looking for long-term solutions at a mini-summit, he cited programs in Ethiopia and Kenya which showed how "drought need not become famine"
WFP normally transports supplies by road and by sea. But sometimes in an emergency, an airlift is the fastest and most direct route to those in need.
Back in July, Sadak Hassan Abdi, aged 18 months, was acutely malnourished and his mother was afraid he would die. But a combination of hospital treatment and special food from WFP has restored him to health and provided a striking illustration of how the right action can be critical in the Horn of Africa.
WFP recently held a live "tweetup" on the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa featurning five staff members in the field who answered questions from the public on the popular microblogging site, Twitter. Here are some of the highlights from the event.
The thousands of people who have poured into Mogadishu from the interior never thought they would be dependent on food assistance. But it's proving to be a lifeline for people who have lost everything - their animals and their crops - in the drought.
Since the beginning of July, WFP has reached nearly 8 million people in the Horn of Africa with food assistance. WFP is targeting 11.5 million people out of more than 13 million people affected by drought and famine in the region, with governments and other partners supporting the rest.
To escape the famine in southern Somalia, Muslimo, 15, carried her baby across the desert, walking for days without food and water to arrive exhausted at the Kobe refugee camp in Ethiopia. To help them rebuild their strength, WFP is providing refugees like Muslimo with a complete food basket in addition to specialised nutrition products tailored to the needs of small children.
WFP Web Editor Martin Penner recently spent a week in Dadaab, Kenya where over 1,000 people are arriving everyday to escape famine in southern Somalia. During his stay, Martin recorded his experiences in a video diary to help people understand what it's like to live and work in the world's largest refugee camp.