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16 stories found over the past 45 days
Three months after Hurricane Matthew, 1.5 million Haitians face hunger – UN agencies report

18 January 2017 – While the number of Haitians facing hunger in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew has declined steadily in the three months since the deadly storm ripped through the tiny island nation, more than 1.5 million people nevertheless remain food insecure, the United Nations said today.


Iraq: Thousands displaced from Mosul in ‘desperate’ need of life-saving aid, UN agency reports

13 January 2017 – Since the start of the Iraqi military operation to retake Mosul in October last year, more than 144,500 people have been displaced and a majority of them are in desperate need of live-saving humanitarian assistance, the United Nations migration agency has warned.


UN data reveals huge disparities in cost of a hot meal; the poor are likely to pay far more than the rich

13 January 2017 – A simple bowl of food in Malawi is much more expensive than that same meal in Davos, Switzerland, once adjustments have been made to take into account one’s average daily income, research by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has revealed.


Amid dwindling donor support, one million displaced Somali refugees grow hopeless, UN agency warns

10 January 2017 – More than one million Somali refugees who have been displaced from their homes for decades are becoming despondent as they continue to be unable to return home and donor support is growing fatigued, according to the United Nations refugee agency.


Thousands of Afghan children face acute malnutrition amid ‘unprecedented’ displacement – UN

09 January 2017 – Despite attempts to increase food aid in Afghanistan, children bear the brunt of the country’s nutritional crisis, the United Nations humanitarian arm today reported, warning that the ongoing fighting has also led to record number of children at risk of abuse and exploitation.


Iran: UN rights expert warns prisoners of conscience at risk of death after prolonged hunger strike

09 January 2017 – Raising alarm over the health of several prisoners of conscience in Iran, who have been on a prolonged hunger strike contesting the legality of their detention, the United Nations expert on the human rights situation there urged the authorities to “immediately and unconditionally” release all those who have been arbitrarily arrested, detained and prosecuted for exercising their rights.


Yemen: EU-UN partnership to target ‘alarming’ food insecurity

09 January 2017 – With 14 million people in Yemen lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food, the European Union (EU) has committed 12 million euros to assist the efforts of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to tackle rising hunger in the strife-torn Gulf of Aden country.


As funds shrink, UN agency may end assistance to 150,000 in Central African Republic

22 December 2016 – Due to a lack of funding, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is running a risk of soon needing to halt its aid to 150,000 people in crisis-torn Central African Republic (CAR) who have been displaced by violence.


Agriculture support ‘critical’ for Horn of Africa as region braces for another hunger season

20 December 2016 – In the wake of the multiple droughts that hit the Horn of Africa over the past year, countries in the region will face rise in hunger and further decline of local livelihoods in the coming months, while also dealing with the growing number of refugees, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) reported today.


Possibility of genocide in South Sudan is ‘all too real,’ Ban warns in opinion piece

16 December 2016 – Given the scale of the disaster in South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council, regional organizations and the international community must step up to their responsibility to the help the country’s people, who have suffered through three years of bloody conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in an opinion piece published by Newsweek.