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Jobs lost, middle class Afghans slide into poverty, hunger
  + stars: | 2021-11-22 | by ( )   time to read: +6 min
Then the world's shutdown of funding to Afghanistan after the Taliban's Aug. 15 seizure of power pulled the rug out from under the country's small middle class. International aid also fueled projects around the country that provided jobs, most of which are now on hold. The 39-year-old Salihi said her husband was told not to come to the office and he hasn't received his salary since. Hassanzwai, 29, had been working in the Culture Ministry but hadn't gotten a salary since the Taliban came to power. Now he's jobless with his wife and three children as well as his four younger sisters all dependent on him.
Persons: Ferishta Salihi, We've, Salihi, Fatima, hasn't, It's, Shelley Thakral, Nouria, Sarvari, Sajjad, Samim Hassanzwai, hadn't Organizations: Nations, Taliban, World Bank, Development, World Health Organization, UNICEF, WFP, Higher Education Ministry, Culture Ministry Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, U.S, U.N, American
Millions in Afghanistan are in danger of starvation with food running out as winter approaches, the BBC reported. "Ninety-five percent of the people don't have enough food, and now we're looking at 23 million people marching towards starvation," David Beasley, director of the World Food Programme, told the BBC. The WFP is currently sending more food than normal to the country to account for the shortage, according to the BBC. Beasley called on world leaders and billionaires to donate to the country. "To the world leaders, to the billionaires: imagine that this was your little girl or your little boy, or your grandchild about to starve to death," he said.
Persons: David Beasley, Beasley Organizations: BBC, WFP Locations: Afghanistan
Abu Dhabi, UAE (CNN Business) A small group of ultra-wealthy individuals could help solve world hunger with just a fraction of their net worth, says the director of the United Nation's World Food Program. A "perfect storm" of several crises, such as climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic , mean many nations are "knocking on famine's door," Beasley said. Half of the population of Afghanistan -- 22.8 million people -- face an acute hunger crisis, according to a WFP report released Monday. Among the reports, the administration details how climate change is driving migration, the first time the US government is officially recognizing the link between climate change and migration. Humanitarian organizations like the WFP have struggled to get supplies to those in need in the region, compounding the crisis.
Persons: David Beasley, Jeff Bezos, Elon, Beasley, Biden Organizations: CNN, United, Food Program, CNN's, WFP Locations: Abu Dhabi, UAE, Afghanistan, Central America, United States, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua
Samira, 9, and other children share tea and bread for breakfast at the orphanage before going to school in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 12, 2021. "Children are going to die. "I don't know how you don't have millions of people, and especially children, dying at the rate we are going with the lack of funding and the collapsing of the economy." He said dollars earmarked for development assistance should be repurposed for humanitarian aid, which some nations have already done, or frozen funds be channelled through the agency. The U.N. food agency needs up to $220 million a month to partially feed the nearly 23 million vulnerable people as winter nears.
Persons: Jorge Silva, David Beasley, Beasley, You've, Alexander Cornwell, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Food Programme, Reuters, Taliban, WFP, Central America, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, DUBAI, Dubai, Syria, Europe, East, Africa, Central
Bundles of Yemeni currency are pictured at a post office before being handed to public sector employees as salaries in Sanaa, Yemen January 25, 2017. "I don't see how we don't avoid, at this stage, a famine of biblical proportions...without a massive injection of additional dollars." The war has been in military stalemate for years with the Houthis holding most large urban centres. The coalition led by Riyadh intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Iran-aligned Houthis ousted the Saudi-backed government from the capital Sanaa in late 2014. Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Ghaida Ghantous and Mark HeinrichOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Khaled Abdullah, David Beasley, Beasley, Houthis, Alexander Cornwell, Ghaida Ghantous, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Food Programme, Reuters, WFP, UNICEF, Thomson Locations: Sanaa, Yemen, DUBAI, Saudi, Dubai, United, Marib, Riyadh, Iran
(CNN) The United Nations has rebuffed Ethiopia's decision to expel seven senior UN officials as the country's war-torn northern Tigray region descends into famine, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday. "If the current trajectory continues, I fear for the future of many Ethiopian lives, and indeed for the stability of the country and the region. The UN denounced Ethiopia's decision to eject its officials from the country on Friday, and vowed to continue its humanitarian work. If the Ethiopian order goes ahead, it would mark one of the most significant expulsions of senior UN humanitarian officials from any country. Earlier this month, UNOCHA said there was a "de facto humanitarian aid blockade" into Tigray, where at least 400,000 people are facing famine conditions, according to the agency's latest figures.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Guterres, UNOCHA, Martin Griffiths, Abiy, Griffiths, William Davison, Ethiopia's, Jens Laerke, Joe Biden, Jen Psaki, Psaki, We're, Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet, David Beasley Organizations: CNN, United Nations, UN, UN Security, Security, UN's, Fund, UNICEF, Humanitarian Affairs, Ethiopian, Reuters, International Crisis, Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, White, Ethiopian Human Rights, UN Human Rights, Food Programme, WFP Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, Mekele, Geneva, Tigrayan, Wukro, UN, Axum, Eritrea
U.N. footage from northern Ethiopia shows humanitarian crisis
  + stars: | 2021-09-06 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Baz RatnerNAIROBI, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Footage of war-hit northern Ethiopia published by the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday reflected the severe humanitarian crisis there, after the United Nations warned that a de facto blockade on aid is bringing millions to the brink of famine. War broke out 10 months ago between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the Tigray region. The footage showed a distribution of emergency food aid by the WFP on August 23 in Asgede district in northwestern Tigray. The supplies delivered that day were among the last remaining stocks in Tigray region, where no food or other humanitarian aid entered between August 20 and September 5. The United Nations estimates 100 trucks of aid need to be entering Tigray each day to meet the needs of the population.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Billene Seyoum, Sacks, Satyen Tait, Maggie Fick, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Food Programme, United Nations, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, Baz Ratner NAIROBI, Asgede district, WFP's Ethiopia
A bearded man leaves carrying a sack of 46 kilos (101.4 pounds) of fortified wheat flour on his back. Food prices have spiked since the second drought in four years ruined some 40% of the wheat crop, according to the WFP. Millions of Afghans could soon face starvation due to the combination of conflict, drought and COVID-19, it has said. It has urgently appealed for $200 million, warning that WFP supplies will run out by October as winter sets in. 'PALLOR AND PAIN'McGroarty, an Irish aid veteran, has met some of the 550,000 Afghans uprooted by fighting and drought this year, now living in makeshift tents.
Persons: Mary, Ellen McGroarty, Delawar, McGroarty, Christine Cipolla, Stephanie Nebehay, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: ICRC, Food Programme, Reuters, WFP, International Committee, Red, Thomson Locations: ICRC GENEVA, Afghanistan, videolink, Kabul, Mazar, Balkh, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Herat, Ghazni, Khost, Asia, Kunduz, Kandahar
People stay at makeshift tents in a camp after the 7.2 magnitude quake on August 14 damage or destroyed their houses in the Nan Konsey neighborhood in Pestel, Haiti August 23, 2021. Samedy had eaten only intermittently since the 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 14 destroyed much of Nan Konsey, a remote farming village not far from the epicenter. Across Haiti, the quake killed more than 2,000 people and left tens of thousands homeless. In Nan Konsey, the earth's convulsions tore open the village's cement cisterns used to store drinking water and triggered landslides that interred residents' modest subsistence farms. Before the quake, farmer Michel Pierre had tended 15 goats and cultivated yams, potatoes, corn, and banana trees.
Persons: Ricardo Arduengo NAN KONSEY, Sofonie Samedy, gesturing, Nan Konsey, Lola Castro, Michel Pierre, Hurricane Matthew, Perrin, Jovenel Moise, he'd, Laura Gottesdiener, Ricardo Arduengo, Herbert Villarraga, Daniel Flynn, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Food Programme, Thomson Locations: Nan Konsey, Pestel, Haiti, Americas, Grand'Anse, WFP's, America, Caribbean, United States, Hispaniola, Dominican Republic, Camp
UN agency calls for food aid for Afghanistan before winter
  + stars: | 2021-08-24 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Civilian volunteers sort donations for evacuees from Afghanistan at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, August 22, 2021. Air Force/Handout via REUTERSGENEVA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday called for the international community to donate $200 million in food aid for Afghanistan so essential supplies can be delivered to remote regions before winter. "WFP is warning that a humanitarian catastrophe awaits the people of Afghanistan this winter unless the international community makes their lives a priority," Anthea Webb, WFP deputy regional director for Asia and Pacific, told a U.N. briefing. Webb said the WFP needs to get supplies through mountain passages before they are blocked by snow. Webb added that countries nervous about a possible exodus of people from Afghanistan after the Taliban took control should back relief missions supporting those who stay in the country.
Persons: Anthea Webb, Webb, Emma Thomasson, Edmund Blair Organizations: Ramstein Air Base, Madelyn, . Air Force, REUTERS GENEVA, Food Programme, WFP, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Germany, Asia, Pacific
UN appeals for funds to fight hunger in Myanmar
  + stars: | 2021-08-06 | by ( Doyinsola Oladipo | )   time to read: +1 min
A woman cooks at a food stall with posters against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 16, 2021. "We have seen hunger spreading further and deeper in Myanmar," WFP Myanmar Country Director Stephen Anderson said in the statement. The world's largest humanitarian organization estimated that 6.3 million people in Myanmar could face food insecurity in the next six months, up from 2.8 million before the military takeover in February. "It is critically important for us to be able to access ... all those in need and receive the funding needed to provide them with humanitarian assistance," Anderson said. Reporting by Doyinsola Oladipo; Editing by Daphne PsaledakisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer, Aung, Suu Kyi, Stephen Anderson, Anderson, Doyinsola Oladipo, Daphne Psaledakis Organizations: REUTERS, Food Programme, WFP, Myanmar, Thomson Locations: Yangon, Myanmar, Suu
Members of Amhara Special Forces stand guard along a street in Humera town, Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, July 14 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Amhara region said on Wednesday it will go on the offensive against forces from the neighbouring Tigray region, as advancing Tigrayans bear down on Amhara-held territory, potentially opening a major new phase in Ethiopia's civil war. A spokesman for the Amhara regional government said the authorities there were rallying their own forces for a counter-attack against Tigrayans. "The regional government has now transitioned from defensive to an offensive," Amhara spokesperson Gizachew Muluneh was quoted as saying by the region's state-run Amhara Media Corporation. On Tuesday the National Movement of Amhara, a major regional political party, called on irregular volunteer militia - known as Fano - to mobilise.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Gizachew Muluneh, Tigrayans, Mai Tsebri, Getachew Reda, Dawit Endeshaw, Katharine Houreld, George Obulutsa Organizations: Amhara Special Forces, REUTERS, Amhara, Tigrayans, Amhara Media Corporation, National Movement of Amhara, Alamata, Reuters, UN, Food Programme, Ethiopian, WFP, Thomson Locations: Humera town, Ethiopia, Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Amhara, Fano, Western Tigray, Mekelle, Nairobi
A boy touches food displayed on a bed for a photo at his house in Barquisimeto, Venezuela November 28, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File PhotoJuly 7 (Reuters) - The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said on Wednesday it had begun distributing school meals to children in Venezuela, where some 7 million people require humanitarian assistance after years of economic collapse in the once-prosperous OPEC nation. Some 7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations. WFP aims to feed some 185,000 children by the end of the year, 850,000 by July 2022 and 1.5 million by 2023. Reporting by Vivian Sequera Writing by Luc Cohen Editing by Jonathan OatisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Susana Rico, Rico, Nicolas Maduro, Vivian Sequera, Luc Cohen, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: REUTERS, Food Programme, Venezuelan, WFP, United Nations, Andres Bello Catholic University, Thomson Locations: Barquisimeto, Venezuela, OPEC, Falcon
WFP says delivering food in Tigray, hopes for air bridge soon
  + stars: | 2021-07-02 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
A logo of the World Food Programme humanitarian organization is seen on a plane at the National Airport Minsk, Belarus April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Vasily FedosenkoGENEVA, July 2 (Reuters) - The U.N.'s World Food Programme has resumed deliveries in Ethiopia's Tigray region, but faces continuing access problems and is "way behind" in bringing life-saving supplies to people facing starvation, its emergency coordinator said on Friday. Tommy Thompson, WFP emergency coordinator, speaking by satellite phone from Mekelle, said that fighting continued in some "hot zones", and that its 35 staff had been "trapped" during the hostilities. But Thompson said he was "cautiously optimistic" an air bridge could be set up in coming days to speed aid delivery. Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge;Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Vasily Fedosenko GENEVA, Tommy Thompson, Thompson, Stephanie Nebehay, Emma Farge Organizations: Food, National, REUTERS, WFP, Thomson Locations: Minsk, Belarus, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray, Mekelle, Geneva
The World Food Programme (WFP) Executive director David Beasley attends a news conference on the food security in Yemen at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File PhotoNAIROBI, June 23 (Reuters) - Communities in Madagascar are on the verge of starvation, with women and children walking for hours to reach food after the worst drought in four decades devastated the south of the island, the World Food Programme said. Acute malnutrition has almost doubled over the last four months, the WFP said, with more than a quarter of people suffering in one area. "There have been back-to-back droughts in Madagascar which have pushed communities right to the very edge of starvation. Our life is all about looking for cactus leaves again and again to survive," she said.
Persons: David Beasley, Denis Balibouse, they'd, Beasley, Bole, Omar Mohammed, Alison Williams Organizations: Food Programme, United Nations, REUTERS, Food, WFP, Thomson Locations: Yemen, Geneva, Switzerland, NAIROBI, Madagascar, Ambiriky
U.N. agency says 41 million on verge of famine
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( Maytaal Angel | )   time to read: +2 min
Workers prepare foodstuff for beneficiaries at a food distribution center supported by the World Food Program in Sanaa, Yemen June 3, 2020. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah//File PhotoLONDON, June 22 (Reuters) - Some 41 million people worldwide are at at imminent risk of famine, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Tuesday, saying soaring prices for basic foods were compounding existing pressures on food security. Another half a million are already experiencing famine-like conditions, said the WFP’s Executive Director David Beasley. In 2019, 27 million people were on the brink of famine, according to the WFP, but since 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic has been added to the mix. World food prices rose in May to their highest levels in a decade, U.N. figures show, with basics like cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar up a combined 40% versus year ago levels.
Persons: Khaled Abdullah, David Beasley, Beasley, Maytaal, John Stonestreet Organizations: World Food, REUTERS, United Nations, Food Programme, WFP, Thomson Locations: Sanaa, Yemen, Lebanon, Nigeria, Sudan, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Madagascar, South Sudan, Burkina Faso, Somalia
An undated handout picture shows Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo Luca Attanasio, who was killed in an attack on a United Nations convoy in eastern Congo, posing for a photograph. Italian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERSA United Nations employee has been placed under investigation by Italian prosecutors looking into the murder of Italy's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and two other people, a judicial source said on Wednesday. Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into the murders and recently interviewed a number of WFP staff members. Being placed under investigation does not imply guilt and does not mean that charges will necessarily be brought. "WFP hopes that the perpetrators of this heinous criminal act will swiftly be brought to justice," he said.
Persons: Democratic Republic of Congo Luca Attanasio, Luca Attanasio, Vittorio Iacovacci, Mustapha Milambo, Greg Barrow Organizations: Democratic, United Nations, Foreign Ministry, REUTERS, Programme, Department for Safety, Security, WFP, Thomson Locations: Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Democratic Republic of, Congolese, Rome
REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoAt around 10:00 a.m. on Feb. 22, seven men, some armed, stepped onto a road in eastern Congo and forced two cars belonging to the United Nations World Food Programme to stop. The attackers fled, leaving Italy's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, mortally wounded and his bodyguard dead. While much of eastern Congo has been beset by violence in recent decades as rival militias fight government troops and each other for control of land and resources, attacks on aid convoys have been relatively rare. The WFP said criminal activity combined with political instability has had an impact on its capacity to deliver assistance in eastern Congo in the last decade. Last year, 42 aid workers were kidnapped in eastern Congo, an increase of 35% on 2019, making Congo the second most dangerous country to be an humanitarian, according to data from the International NGO Safety Organisation.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Luca Attanasio, clumsily, Attanasio, Attanasio's, Pierre Boisselet, 4x4s, Mount Nyiragongo, Onesphore Sematumba, Vittorio Iacovacci, Mustapha Milambo, Milambo, Iacovacci, Mansour Rwagaza, Italy's, Congo's Organizations: Democratic, REUTERS, United Nations, National Park Rangers, Reuters, International NGO Safety Organisation, Intelligence Fusion, WFP, Department for Safety, Security, Kivu, International Crisis, Democratic Forces, Liberation, Thomson Locations: Congolese, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, KST, Italian, North Kivu, Rutshuru, Mount, Rwanda, Nyiragongo sector, Kibumba
The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) and Venezuelan officials said on Monday they had reached a deal to supply food to school children in the South American country suffering a humanitarian crisis spurred by an economic collapse. Humanitarian aid groups have long pushed for Maduro's government to allow the WFP to distribute food aid in Venezuela. The political opposition accuses Maduro's government, which it calls a dictatorship, of conditioning state food assistance on political loyalty, a claim Maduro denies. An earlier WFP statement had said schools were the "most appropriate platform" to "reach communities in an independent manner." The agreement was widely applauded by Venezuelan aid workers and activists.
Persons: Nicolas Maduro, David Beasley, Maduro, Maduro's, Beasley, Feliciano Reyna Organizations: United Nations, Food Programme, Food, WFP, Accion, Twitter, Thomson Locations: Venezuela, Miraflores, Caracas
MAPUTO (Reuters) - Portugal will send soldiers to Mozambique to help train the armed forces in its former colony, where authorities battling an Islamist insurgency searched for tens of thousands of civilians who fled an onslaught on the northern coastal gas town of Palma. Many of those fleeing are believed to have scattered into dense surrounding forest or to have attempted to escape by boat when Palma came under attack on Wednesday, aid workers told Reuters. The number of people displaced in the latest attack was likely to be in the tens of thousands, aid workers told Reuters. WFP had flown doctors into the Palma area and ferried hundreds of people to safety, including aid workers. Islamic State claimed the attack on Palma on Monday via its Amaq news agency.
Persons: Palma, Witnesses, , ” Lola Castro, , Jonathan Whittall, Cabo Delgado, Lusa, Castro, Lionel Dyck Organizations: Reuters, Food Programme, , Sans Frontieres, WFP, Advisory, AK, Islamic State, U.S Locations: MAPUTO, Portugal, Mozambique, Palma ., Palma, Cabo Delgado, , Cabo, Pemba, Tanzania, African,
Ban on food aid restrictions blocked at WTO
  + stars: | 2020-12-18 | by ( Emma Farge | )   time to read: +2 min
GENEVA (Reuters) - World Trade Organization members were at odds on Friday over a proposal that would ban countries from restricting food aid deliveries, potentially complicating the response to a feared COVID-fuelled humanitarian catastrophe next year. FILE PHOTO: A delegate arrives before a meeting at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, October 28, 2020. Close to 100 countries voiced support for the food aid proposal, originally submitted by Singapore, which envisaged a ban on export restrictions on food intended for the World Food Programme (WFP). WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell said WTO members, who must decide by consensus, could not agree. The appointment of a new WTO director-general was also raised at Friday’s meeting and there was still no consensus.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, Dennis Shea, Trump, Keith Rockwell, WFP’s Tomson Phiri, blockages, Rockwell, ” Rockwell Organizations: Trade Organization, World Trade Organization, REUTERS, WTO, Food Programme Locations: GENEVA, Geneva, Switzerland, Washington, Singapore, India, West Africa
HARARE (Reuters) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday appealed for an additional $204 million to support 4 million of the most food insecure Zimbabweans for the next six months. That includes about one-third of the rural population, who are expected to face “crisis” or “emergency” levels of hunger, and 2.3 million hungry urban dwellers, WFP said. The additional funding would allow WFP to provide the minimum amount of emergency food assistance to the most vulnerable 3.5 million rural and 550,000 urban citizens. Zimbabwe spent $458 million importing food, mostly grain during the first nine months of this year compared with $140.5 million during the same period in 2019, according to treasury data. At least 7.6 million people have fallen into poverty this year, a million more than in 2019, according to a latest report compiled by the government and donors.
Persons: ” Francesca Erdelmann Organizations: Reuters, United Nations, Food Programme, WFP Zimbabwe’s, WFP Locations: HARARE, Zimbabwe
Slideshow ( 5 images )OSLO (Reuters) - Some 270 million people worldwide - equivalent to the combined populations of Germany, Britain, France and Italy - stand on the brink of starvation, the head of the United Nations’ World Food Programme said on Thursday upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. The WFP, which has coordinated medical logistics during the coronavirus pandemic, was announced winner of the award for 2020 in October. “Failure to address their needs will cause a hunger pandemic which will dwarf the impact of COVID. And if that’s not bad enough, out of that 270 million, 30 million depend on us 100% for their survival,” he added. Graphic: Distribution of Nobel prizes - hereThey are expected to travel to Oslo at a later stage to deliver the traditional Nobel lecture.
Persons: ” David Beasley, Norway’s King Harald, Alfred Nobel Organizations: United Nations, WFP, Oslo City Hall Locations: OSLO, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Rome, Oslo, Stockholm
DUBAI (Reuters) - Famine-like conditions have re-appeared in parts of Yemen and almost half the population is experiencing high levels of food insecurity, new United Nations data showed on Thursday, with aid agencies warning time is running out to prevent mass starvation. Around 45% of Yemen’s population is facing high levels of acute food insecurity, according to the U.N.’s Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis. Between January and June 2021 54% of Yemenis - 16.2 million people - are likely to experience high levels of acute food insecurity. IPC data analyses for south Yemen, which is under the control of the internationally recognised Yemeni government, were released in July and October. FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said the primary driver of food insecurity is the conflict, which must cease.
Persons: , David Beasley, Qu Dongyu, Mohamed Abdi, Organizations: Reuters, United Nations, IPC, Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, UNICEF, WFP Locations: DUBAI, Yemen, Iran, Norwegian
They left their home onto the streets of Mai-Kadra, a market town in the northern Tigray region of Ethiopia. Thousands like Oyeb have made the journey to neighboring Sudan where they have encountered a shortage of food, beds and shelter. Tigray civilians paying the priceAs Ethiopian troops close in on Tigray's capital of Mekelle, leaders of the TPLF refuse to surrender. A refugee crisisHundreds have died and at least 30,000 refugees have fled to neigboring Sudan, according to the UN. "There is a real humanitarian crisis being created by the unfolding conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region," said the EU crisis management commissioner, Janez Lenarčič, in a statement on Thursday.
Persons: Oyeb Bari, Oyeb, Abiy Ahmed, Gashaw Maleda, Deprose Muchena, Tigrayan, Abiy, Halka, Abiy's, Redwan Hussein, Tibor Nagy, Hameed Nuru, Maras, jerry, Rashid Aldaw, Cross, Janez Lenarčič Organizations: CNN, Hamdayet, Ethiopian Defense Forces, EDF, Ethiopian Prime, theEthiopian Defense Forces, UN, Amnesty International, Amnesty, Ethiopian, Facebook, State, Ethiopian News Agency, United Nations, UNHCR, Refugees, Food Programme, Sudanese Red Crescent Society, UN Humanitarian Air Service, WFP, African, International Committee, European Locations: Mai, Tigray, Ethiopia, Africa, Sudan, Amhara, Kadra, Tigray's, Mekelle, Hamdayet, neigboring Sudan, Lugdi, Sudanese, Gedaref, Eritrea, Kassala, African Union, Addis Ababa, Geneva, Ethiopia's Tigray
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