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UN food agency looks for $US400 million to feed millions in southern Africa

Harare, Zimbabwe Reuters The UN World Food Programme (WFP) needs $US400 million to feed millions of people in southern Africa following a drought that plunged parts of the region into hunger, the programme said on Wednesday. The WFP told Reuters it needed urgent funding for six months to support drought relief in Zimbabwe, Zambia and […]

More than half of Zimbabwean population will need food aid, cabinet says

Harare, Zimbabwe Reuters More than half of Zimbabwe’s population will need food aid this year following a devastating drought that led to widespread crop failure as humanitarian organisations seek funding to save many from hunger, the country’s cabinet heard late on Tuesday. About six million people in rural areas and 1.7 million in urban areas […]

Afghanistan floods kill at least 153, Taliban interior ministry says

Sheikh Jalal, Afghanistan Reuters The official death toll from devastating flash floods in northern Afghanistan has risen to 153 people across three provinces, the Taliban’s interior ministry said on Saturday, while the World Food Programme said it was double that. The WFP, which operates throughout Afghanistan, said on X that floods had killed more than […]

Democratic lawmakers tell Biden evidence shows Israel is restricting Gaza aid

Washington DC, US Reuters Scores of lawmakers from US President Joe Biden’s Democratic Party told him on Friday that they believe there is sufficient evidence to show that Israel has violated US law by restricting humanitarian aid flows into war-stricken Gaza. A letter to Biden signed by 86 House of Representatives Democrats said Israel’s aid […]

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 […]

Hunger grips southern Africa as Zimbabwe declares drought a disaster

Harare, Zimbabwe Reuters President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday declared Zimbabwe’s drought a national disaster and said the country needed more than $US2 billion in aid to feed millions facing hunger. Mnangagwa’s statement follows similar announcements by Zambia in late February and Malawi in March, as drought induced by the El Nino global weather pattern triggers […]

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 […]

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 […]

Haiti healthcare near collapse, says UN, as state of emergency extended

Port-au-Prince, Haiti Reuters Haiti’s government on Thursday said it would extend a state of emergency around Port-au-Prince for another month following a wave of gang violence that has threatened to bring down the government and led thousands to flee their homes. The UN humanitarian affairs agency on Thursday warned that the country’s health system was […]

One quarter of Gaza’s people one step away from famine, UN says

United Nations Reuters At least 576,000 people in the Gaza Strip – one quarter of the population – are one step away from famine, a senior UN aid official told the Security Council on Tuesday, warning that widespread famine could be “almost inevitable” without action. “Very little will be possible while hostilities continue and while […]