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Families in urgent need of lifesaving food
by World Food Programme, agencies
11:20am 5th Sep, 2016
The World Food Programme (WFP) is currently facing five emergencies at the same time.
We are on the ground providing assistance in Syria, Iraq, Southern Africa, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen. Families in each of these countries are in urgent need of lifesaving food. Read more about these crises and consider making a donation today.
The humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate. The fighting is driving more and more people from their homes and making access to food increasingly difficult. WFP is struggling to meet the urgent food needs of more than five million displaced people inside Syria and in neighbouring countries. Operations are being run on a hand-to-mouth basis as funding is running out.
The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in Iraq in the wake of ongoing violence. More than three million people have been displaced and many are living without access to food, water or other essentials. Each month WFP works to provide food assistance to 1.5 million displaced people across Iraq’s 18 governorates. WFP urgently needs US$50 million to continue to reach people with assistance for the rest of 2015.
Boko Haram violence has led to one of the most acute – and sorely neglected – humanitarian crises in the world. As more areas of northeastern Nigeria become accessible, the scale of the human tragedy is becoming apparent. In pockets of northeastern Nigeria, food insecurity has reached an extreme level.
Southern Africa
Southern Africa is facing a major food security crisis following successive years of drought, most recently as a result of the El Niño weather event which meant reduced rains for the region''s crucial 2015-16 agricultural season. Many countries experienced poor or failed harvests in April this year, leaving millions of people with little or no food to sustain them till next year’s harvest.
South Sudan
An recent analysis estimates that 4.6 million people, or 40 percent of the South Sudan population, face acute hunger in the next three months - the lean season. As part of the broad response in South Sudan, WFP has reached more than 2.5 million people this year. But it is critical to sustaining relief efforts because the situation remains very fragile. A hunger catastrophe will be a threat well into next year – especially if fighting continues.
In Yemen, millions of people are cut off from food, water, electricity and other basic needs in a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation. Severe fuel shortages are expected to push people into hunger. Initial findings show that southern Yemen will have the highest number of food insecure people in the country. Yemen also has one of the highest child malnutrition rates in the world. Around half of all children under five are stunted; too short for their age as a result of malnutrition.

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