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Responding to Emergencies
11 April 2011

"People Frightened, Running Out Of Food," Says Staffer in Côte d’Ivoire

Graan Jaff is the chief of WFP operations in the western Côte d’Ivoire town. For the past few months, he’s been at the middle of the country’s upheaval, working to get food to the people who need it. Jaff, who's based in the western town of Man, says that tens of thousands of people on the run are hungry and scared, and that reaching them with help is no easy job.

Food Security Analysis
8 April 2011

Bangladesh: How The Poor Cope With Rising Food Prices

Farmer Mohammed Golam Quddus sold several cows to meet his family's extra expenses. Fisherman Mantu Mandol sent his four-year-old daughter to live with her grandmother when he could not afford to feed her. And widow Zamdashi Shardar's children sometimes go to bed hungry.

Focus on Women
8 April 2011

Burkina Faso: Land Reclamation Project Helps Women Provide For Families

From morning to night, Elise spends her days taking care of her family and working in nearby rice fields. As a beneficiary of the Lowlands Management Project, she is now better able to provide for her six children.

Focus on Women
6 April 2011

Philippines: Women Sowing The Seeds Of A Brighter Future

After years of conflict, women on the Philippines island of Mindanao are taking reconstruction into their own hands. Through projects to reclaim old fishing grounds, start new market gardens and recycle used rice bags into rope, these women are leading the way towards a better future for themselves and their families. Watch video

ED - J.Sheeran
4 April 2011

WFP Executive Director Sees Drought, New Tougher Controls In Somalia

On her first visit to Somalia, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran met women and children in a camp for displaced people and witnessed the impact of a deepening drought on malnutrition rates among children and the elderly.

Responding to Emergencies
4 April 2011

Ivorian War Widow Braves Week-Long Trek Across Border

When fighting broke out in Cote d’Ivoire last December, Zeh Apoline—an elderly fruit vendor who lost her husband and three children during Cote d’Ivoire’s 2002 Civil War—wasted no time in fleeing across the border into Liberia. She’s now recovering from the trip, which left her sick and exhausted, with the help of regular, nutritious meals.

Responding to Emergencies
4 April 2011

Cote d’Ivoire: Refugee Farmer Says He’s Worried About His Fields

Tia Paul’s family of 12 depend on the cocoa and coffee farm that he left behind in November when fighting broke out across Cote d’Ivoire. Though lucky enough to have relatives in Liberia to stay with, he says he’s worried what could happen to his farm while he’s away.

Responding to Emergencies
4 April 2011

Cote d’Ivoire: Food Aid Helps Mother Of Leg Amputee Care For Her Son

Foan Theolile never imagined that a simple infection could cost her son his leg. Then fighting broke out across Cote d’Ivoire and, unable to find a doctor, they were forced to seek help in Liberia. Though too late to save his leg, at least now they have a safe place to wait out the conflict and food to eat while her son recovers.

ED - J.Sheeran
3 April 2011

UN Presence In Giant Refugee Camp 'Vital', Says WFP Head

On the last leg of her five-day trip to Kenya, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran visited Dadaab, one of the biggest concentrations of refugees in the world. While there she spoke to some of the Somali women and children who had arrived in the camps after fleeing conflict in their own country.

Statement
2 April 2011

Horn Of Africa: "5 Million Driven Into Hunger"

The number of hungry people in the Horn of Africa is growing and WFP aims to assist 5.2 million people as drought, rising food and fuel prices and conflict take their toll, said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran in a statement released on Saturday.

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Fighting Hunger Worldwide