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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 126

Posts Tagged ‘insecurity’

As Hunger Grips Syrian Families, European Commission Boosts Support For WFP

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 ottobre 2015

syrian civil warBRUSSELS – As half the population of Syria struggle to meet their food needs, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of €30 million from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) to its emergency food assistance in Syria. “This contribution comes at a very critical time. WFP supports more than 4.25 million people in need inside Syria, including families who are preparing for another harsh winter,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP’s Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.WFP was forced to reduce the size of the food rations it provides to families inside Syria by up to 25 percent this year. Some 10 million people in the country face food insecurity.In 2015, the overall EC contributions to the Syria crisis response amount to €36 million (€30 million for Syria and €6 million for Syrian refugees). Since 2012, the overall EC contributions to WFP’s Syria crisis operations amount to over €240 million (US$272 million).“We count on Europe at this time. Syrians are becoming ever more desperate. They have exhausted all their resources and are losing hope for the future,” said Hadi. “They should not have to worry about hunger, too.”WFP depends entirely on voluntary contributions. It has to raise US$25 million every week to meet the basic food needs of people affected by the Syrian conflict.New donor contributions in recent weeks mean that WFP has been able to increase the value of assistance it provides to extremely vulnerable Syrian refugees in neighbouring Jordan and Lebanon to an average of US$21 per person per month. This is 80 percent of what WFP estimates people need.WFP has also been able to restore assistance to 229,000 vulnerable refugees in Jordan following a suspension in September of their electronic vouchers used to purchase food. WFP will upload US$14 per person in October for this group of refugees.“We call all donors to step up their support to millions of Syrians who could fall victim to hunger this winter,” Hadi saidAt current levels of support, WFP can assist Syrian refugees until January 2016. Beyond that, WFP will not be able to continue to provide regular food assistance to the most vulnerable Syrians without additional funding.

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Time running out for Niger as food crisis threatens

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 aprile 2010

Caritas says the food crisis in Niger and other parts of the Western Sahel needs to be tackled urgently before the beginning of the rainy season makes aid delivery impossible in remote regions.  The situation in Niger is particularly worrying but the whole Western Sahel is affected. Millions are put at risk as a result of last year’s droughts and the long-term effects of previous food crises.  Over 800,000 children under the age of five in Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, northern Nigeria and Chad are classified as needing treatment for severe malnutrition.  “The crisis has been underestimated in Niger. Food insecurity was a taboo subject under the former government, overthrown in a coup on 18 February.  It was not until the media and international associations put pressure on the government to conduct a survey on this issue that we got a clearer picture of the emergency’s scope,” said Raymond Yoro, Secretary General of Caritas Niger (CADEV Niger).  Some 7.8 million people, or nearly 60 percent of Niger’s population, are running out of food according to the national survey conducted by Niger’s government in December.  Caritas is preparing to launch an appeal to provide emergency food aid to the most vulnerable in Niger. It has projected to deliver food aid to almost 250,000 households in 327 villages.  Aid will be provided through free cereal distributions and cash-for-work activities, with a special focus on children and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.

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