In 28 years working for WFP on four continents, Lola Castro, WFP’s regional director in southern Africa, said she had “never seen anything this bad” except in 1998 in Bahr el Gazal in what is now South Sudan.
Ten years into a war that has devastated Syria, aid is increasingly weaponised - not necessarily because of a lack of it, but because of where it ends up.
The killing of Italian ambassador Luca Attanasio is a horrible tragedy, but UN peacekeepers should stay the course at a time when the Congolese people are grappling with a dire humanitarian situation.
World Food Programme spokeswoman Jessica Lawson has warned that more Syrians are slipping deeper into hunger, poverty and food insecurity than ever before.
UN agencies say 2.3 million small children in war-torn Yemen are estimated to starve this year.
The World Food Program was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts "to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict."
One would think leaders worthy of international recognition as peacemakers wouldn't have blood stains on their names. But these leaders certainly do:
The agencies swung the spotlight on Burkina Faso, northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, all facing rising levels of acute hunger with potential risk of famine.
Founded in 1961, the UN organisation helped 97 million people in 2019 by distributing 15 billion rations to 88 countries.
UN food agency has appealed for an additional $250 million to provide relief to millions of Zimbabweans.
"Northwestern Syria has seen a dramatic escalation of conflict since late April affecting northern Hama, southern Idlib, and western Aleppo governorates," the World Food Programme says.
Houthi rebels deny accusations of selling aid meant for civilians, saying the World Food Programme instead sent "rotten food" to the war-torn Arab country which "is not suitable for human consumption".
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