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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 […]

Bakeries bring bread to north Gaza but hunger persists

Gaza/Doha, Qatar Reuters Asmaa al-Belbasi walks an hour to her nearest bakery each day to fetch bread for her children and other relatives in the north Gaza districts where aid agencies say famine still looms despite rising supplies. The route can be dangerous, along streets strewn with rubble from blown-up buildings that are impassable to […]

UN warns Haiti’s capital blockaded, no aid for malnourished children

United Nations/Port-au-Prince, Haiti Reuters Haiti’s capital is almost completely cut off by air, sea and land blockades as gang violence intensifies, stopping aid from getting to 58,000 children with the most life-threatening form of malnutrition, the head of the UN children’s agency warned on Monday. UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell said two-thirds of Haiti’s children […]

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 […]