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Somalis Risk Hunger Without Food And Security Improvements, U.N. Official Says

VOA News: U.N.: Somalis Need Food, Not Just Security Improvements “The United Nations envoy in Somalia is warning that political and security improvements are not enough to stop hunger and stave off a worsening humanitarian crisis. At least one million Somalis are at risk of starvation, according to U.N. officials…”…

U.S. Government, World Bank Mark World Food Day, Discuss Food Security Issues

The following posts from the U.S. government and the World Bank mark World Food Day and address issues related to global food security. U.S. Department of State: World Food Day The U.S. Department of State posted a statement from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry marking World Food Day (10/16).…

Conflict Heavily Impacting Medical Services In Syrian City

Wall Street Journal: Medical Help Scarce in Besieged Syrian City “A doctor inside the besieged Syrian city of Kobani described desperate conditions on the ground, with hospitals being targeted by Islamic State militants and an acute lack of medical workers and supplies. … Islamic State fighters are targeting the main…

Number Of Ebola Cases Near 9,000, Deaths Near 4,500, WHO Says

News outlets discuss the latest statistics from the WHO on reported Ebola cases and deaths. Reuters: Ebola deaths near 4,500 as virus spreads in West Africa: WHO “A total of 4,493 people have died from the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on record, and the situation in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra…

USAID’s Shah Says Ebola-Stricken Nations Taking Right Approaches To Contain Disease

Associated Press: USAID Says Ebola Nations Following Right Approach “A U.S. official touring the West African countries worst hit by the deadly Ebola virus expressed optimism Wednesday that the right strategies to fight the disease are in place, even as warnings mount over the deteriorating situation. … The leaders of…

Ebola Epidemic Could Cause Food Crisis In West Africa, Experts Warn

News outlets report on the impact of the Ebola epidemic on food security in West Africa. Associated Press: Ebola escalation could trigger major food crisis “The global famine warning system is predicting a major food crisis if the Ebola outbreak continues to grow exponentially over the coming months, and the…

WFP Cuts Food Rations For Up To 1M Afghans Due To Lack Of Funding

Reuters: U.N. agency to cut food rations for 1 million Afghans over funding “Funding shortfalls have forced the World Food Programme to cut rations for up to one million people in Afghanistan, a WFP official said, an early sign that aid money may dwindle as the international combat mission winds…

International Cooperation, Solidarity Needed To Resolve Global Hunger

Deutsche Welle: Politicians should redouble efforts to end hunger Grahame Lucas, head of the Deutsche Welle South East Asia Service “…The aid organizations involved in the compilation of the Global Hunger Index have called for greater international cooperation and solidarity to resolve [conflicts that contribute to food insecurity and micronutrient…

U.N. Spotlights Needs, Vulnerabilities Of Older Persons During Disasters

U.N. News Centre: On World Disaster Reduction Day, U.N. spotlights unique needs, vulnerabilities of older persons “Marking International Day for Disaster Reduction, the United Nations is spotlighting the need to address the vulnerabilities facing older persons, who suffer disproportionately high levels of death and injuries in different types of emergencies…

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