While drought ravages swathes of eastern Africa, on the other side of the continent many communities in Cameroon’s dry north have set up village granaries to help them through the lean season. Supported by WFP, the granaries are mostly run by women.
Many women in remote parts of northern Laos wouldn’t normally go for health checks, even when they are pregnant. But now, thanks to the food rations WFP is offering as part of a Mother and Child Health and Nutrition project, many more are attending the health centres and getting important health care for themselves and their babies.
Airdrops are the iconic image of humanitarian assistance – food dropping from the sky to help hungry people cut off from aid. However, it’s not a long-term solution and it happens more rarely than most people realize. Delivering food by road is more cost-effective. But, sometimes airdrops are necessary, as they were recently in a part of South Sudan cut off during the rainy season.
Fehti Mohammed knows what it’s like to be a refugee. When he was young, his family fled from political turmoil in Ethiopia. Today, he’s back in his native country delivering food to those in need.
Drew Barrymore wanted to see it with her own eyes; she wanted to come back to the country she grew to love and see how she could help change the lives of the women and children.
WFP recently held a live "tweetup" on the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa featurning five staff members in the field who answered questions from the public on the popular microblogging site, Twitter. Here are some of the highlights from the event.
WFP is hosting a tweetup on the situation in the horn of Africa on Thursday, August 11 at 1:00pm ET. Five staff members currently in the region will be answering your questions and talking about what it’s like to be on the frontlines of an escalating hunger crisis. Join the conversation at #HoACrisis
Since the beginning of July, WFP has reached nearly 8 million people in the Horn of Africa with food assistance. WFP is targeting 11.5 million people out of more than 13 million people affected by drought and famine in the region, with governments and other partners supporting the rest.
To escape the famine in southern Somalia, Muslimo, 15, carried her baby across the desert, walking for days without food and water to arrive exhausted at the Kobe refugee camp in Ethiopia. To help them rebuild their strength, WFP is providing refugees like Muslimo with a complete food basket in addition to specialised nutrition products tailored to the needs of small children.
WFP Web Editor Martin Penner recently spent a week in Dadaab, Kenya where over 1,000 people are arriving everyday to escape famine in southern Somalia. During his stay, Martin recorded his experiences in a video diary to help people understand what it’s like to live and work in the world’s largest refugee camp.