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UN warns 800,000 people in Sudan city in “extreme, immediate danger”

United Nations Reuters Some 800,000 people in a Sudanese city are in “extreme and immediate danger” as worsening violence advances and threatens to “unleash bloody intercommunal strife throughout Darfur,” top UN officials warned the Security Council on Friday. War erupted in Sudan one year ago between the Sudanese army (SAF) and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces […]

Nearly 55 million people face hunger in West and Central Africa

Dakar. Senegal Reuters Soaring prices have helped fuel a food crisis in West and Central Africa, where nearly 55 million people will struggle to feed themselves in the coming months, UN humanitarian agencies warned on Friday. The number facing hunger during the June-August lean season has quadrupled over the last five years, they said, noting […]

World Court orders Israel to halt Gaza famine; Hamas says ceasefire needed

The Hague, The Netherlands/Cairo, Egypt Reuters The World Court on Thursday unanimously ordered Israel, accused by South Africa of genocide in Gaza, to take all necessary and effective action to ensure basic food supplies to the enclave’s Palestinian population and halt spreading famine. But Gaza’s Hamas rulers said a ceasefire was needed to halt the […]

Essay: A ceasefire is not enough

KELLY BROWN DOUGLAS, interim president of Episcopal Divinity School and canon theologian at Washington National Cathedral,¬†says, in an article first published on Religion News Service, that divine justice does not settle for temporary ceasefires but advocates without ceasing for a lasting peace…

Gaza’s hungry eat wild plant with no aid relief in sight

Gaza Reuters As the UN Security Council demands an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and concerns grow that famine may take hold, the territory’s hungry civilians are foraging for a wild green plant called Khobiza for lack of anything else to eat. It is another reminder of the suffering in the Palestinian enclave during the five […]

Haiti gang wars push hunger to worst levels on record, reports say

Port-au-Prince, Haiti Reuters Almost half of Haiti’s people are struggling to feed themselves as gang violence spreads across the country, with several areas close to famine, international organisations said on Friday. Inflation and poor harvests have also helped push Haiti to its worst levels of food insecurity on record, they said. People take cover from […]

UN warns of catastrophic hunger in Sudan in coming months

Updated: 9:30am (AEDT) Geneva, Switerzland Reuters Nearly five million people in Sudan could suffer catastrophic hunger in parts of the war-torn country in the coming months, United Nations aid chief Martin Griffiths warned the Security Council on Friday in a note seen by Reuters. Griffiths said acute levels of hunger were being driven by the […]

First Gaza aid ship leaves Cyprus with Palestinians on brink of famine

Larnaca, Cyprus/Cairo, Egypt Reuters A ship carrying 200 tonnes of aid for Gaza left Cyprus on Tuesday in a pilot project to open a sea corridor to deliver supplies to a population that aid agencies say is on the verge of famine after five months of war. While welcoming the project, however, senior UN officials […]

Biden says Gaza ceasefire deal is in Hamas’ hands as Ramadan nears

Cairo, Egypt/Rafah, Gaza Strip Reuters US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that a deal for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip in exchange for the release of Israeli hostages was in the hands of Hamas, as delegations held a third day of talks with no sign of a breakthrough. Negotiators from the Palestinian militant […]