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Posted by: | Posted on: May 10, 2013

A Glimpse Into WFP’s Operation In Northern Mali

Rare footage from northern Mali shows the efforts underway to assist families in a part of the country torn by conflict. Hunger is on the rise in places such as Timbuktu where one in five families are food insecure and humanitarian access is still unpredictable. As food prices rise and markets break down, WFP is scaling up to reach over one million people across the country.


Posted by: | Posted on: November 11, 2008

Crisis in the Congo

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there is another crisis unfolding in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where fighting between rebel troops and government forces threaten the health of millions of people.  An estimated 200,000 have already fled due to the fighting, many of whom are sick, injured, and in desperate need of food, shelter, and medical care.

International Medical Corps Warns of Looming Humanitarian Catastrophe and Wider Regional Impact. As fighting resumed Friday in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and rebels appeared poised to seize Goma, International Medical Corps is deeply concerned that a humanitarian catastrophe could unfold and quickly spread across the region.In addition to ongoing efforts in DRC, International Medical Corps is also preparing a regional response to the situation and currently has teams mobilized in Uganda and Burundi to deliver assistance to the potential influx of new refugees.“The delivery of life-saving medical and nutrition services has already been severely curtailed,” said Pierre Willems, International Medical Corps’ Country Director in DRC.  “With the resumption of fighting, even more people will be displaced and in need of care, and yet we fear the humanitarian corridor for delivering assistance is narrowing drastically by the hour.” There is also the imminent danger of disease outbreaks; so far, more than 100 cases of cholera have been reported, along with numerous deaths.

An estimated 200,000 civilians have fled fighting between government and rebel troops in adding to the estimated one million people displaced by an escalation of hostilities in the region a year ago.Rebel leader Laurent Nkunda declared a unilateral ceasefire over the weekend, and so far it has held. However, a rebel spokesman has said the groundwork is being laid for a generalized war in the region.


International Medical Corps has been operating in the most volatile regions of DRC since the mid-90’s. In North Kivu province, where much of the recent fighting has taken place, IMC runs primary health care clinics and nutrition programs that serve more than 300,000 people.

The following people are available for interviews:
In Goma – Pierre Willems, Country Director
In Bukavu – Selam Kebrom, Desk Officer
In Washington, D.C. – Ben Hemingway, Deputy Director of Operations

Photos and Video also available.

For more information, visit website at is a photo gallery of the conflict from the Washington Post:

Here are some links to recent articles on the conflict:

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Posted by: | Posted on: July 31, 2008

Zimbabwe Hunger Alert

Zimbabwe, which has normally been a food surplus country, has seen a sharp deterioration in its food security due to a combination of factors: erratic rainfall; a steep economic downturn combined with an equally sharp rise in staple food prices; the negative impact of the government’s land reform programme; and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Read More …

Posted by: | Posted on: July 31, 2008

Zambia Hunger Alert

Although Zambia’s overall harvest is forecast to improve this year, parts of the southern region are facing another year of food shortages due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Erratic rainfall resulted in the loss of significant crops, while pockets of the country also lost their crops due to flooding when the rains finally did come. Read More …

Posted by: | Posted on: July 31, 2008

Western Sahel Hunger Alert

More than half a million people in five countries – Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia, Cape Verde and Mali – are on the frontline of a drought.

The governments of Mauritania and the Gambia have already declared national disasters and appealed for emergency food aid. Read More …

Posted by: | Posted on: July 31, 2008

West Africa Hunger Alert

Political crises and civil conflicts have plagued the Mano River countries – Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and, most recently, Cote d’Ivoire – for many years, leaving a trail of hungry internally displaced persons and refugees in their wake.

It is estimated that 791,000 IDPs and refugees need food aid across the West Africa coastal region. Read More …

Posted by: | Posted on: July 31, 2008

Uganda Hunger Alert

Despite announcements of recent ceasefires, fighting and attacks on civilians in Northern Uganda continues, including raids by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels.on displacement camps and refugee settlements. Read More …

Posted by: | Posted on: July 31, 2008

Swaziland Hunger Alert

Swaziland is facing yet another year of serious food shortages, which will leave at least a quarter of the population, or 250,000 people, dependent on food aid throughout 2003. Read More …

Posted by: | Posted on: July 31, 2008

Sudan Hunger Alert

Two decades of armed conflict and recurrent droughts have left some 3.2 million Sudanese dependent on food aid for survival.

The 20-year civil war between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army – the single most important cause of food insecurity in Sudan – has resulted in massive displacement of civilians, disruption of agricultural activities and destruction of socio-economic infrastructures in the country. Read More …

Posted by: | Posted on: July 31, 2008

Hunger Alert in republic of Congo

The situation in RoC has been volatile ever since hostilities erupted in 2002. Many thousands of people remain displaced by the fighting, and inaccessible to humanitarian agencies.

Some people have succeeded in escaping the conflict area, and finding safety and shelter in camps. Others continue to hide in forests. Read More …

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