150 Years of Humanitarianism was celebrated around the globe

The ICRC, established in 1863, works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, it employs some 12,000 people in 80 countries; it is financed mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies. The … [Read more...]

A Mother From Mali Dreams Of Bringing Her Family Home

After fleeing her home in Mali, Dizawahet, 23, is about to give birth to her third child at a refugee camp in Burkina Faso. That's where she was born as well during another conflict in Mali that drove her parents across the same border. Dizawahet says she's grateful for the help families like hers receive at the camp, but that what she really wants is to go home. MENTAO (BURKINA FASO) -- Dizawahet Mohamed’s life has come full circle. She was born 23 years ago in a refugee camp in Burkina … [Read more...]

Women: Silent Players in a Silent Crisis in the Sahel

Thanks to recurrent drought and a dangerous combination of high grain prices and environmental and security degradation, there is a severe food and livelihood crisis, affecting millions of people who live within -- and around -- the Sahel region. In the Sahel, as in most of the world, women make up the majority of small-scale farmers. (..) According to the FAO, investing in women smallholder farmers would result in significant gains in the fight against hunger. Eight million people are … [Read more...]

NIGERIA – Women Taking Action to protect families from malnutrition

GARIN GOULBI, Niger, 29 May 2012 – In Garin Goulbi, a small village more than 500 kilometres from Niger’s capital, women have taken the lead in protecting their families and community during the country’s dire food security and nutrition crisis, which has left more than six million people across Niger facing food shortages. According to UN experts, successive droughts in 2005, 2010 and now 2012 have pushed families to the brink. UNICEF and the Government of Niger recognized that families … [Read more...]

Pakistan’s most vulnerable, especially women and children

The Government of Pakistan is committed to improving its global health index and we are dedicated to ensure that Pakistan’s most vulnerable, especially women and children, get vitamins and minerals they need to survive and thrive, said Mr. Muhammad Ayub, Senior Chief, Planning and Development Division, Government of Pakistan. (..) Mr. Carl Paulson, Head of Programmes from World Food Programmes in his remarks, assured that the WFP would continue to support the people of Pakistan for elimination … [Read more...]

JAPAN, 114 Million $USD to Help WFP Fight Hunger In 21 Countries

US$114 Million From Japan Helps WFP Fight Hunger In 21 Countries YOKOHAMA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$114 million contribution from the government of Japan to provide urgently needed food and nutritional assistance to millions of the most vulnerable people including refugees, internally displaced people, malnourished children, pregnant and breastfeeding women in 21 countries. The donation will also support logistics operations in two … [Read more...]

Rap Star 50 Cent: ‘Visit to Somali Refugee Camp Was Devastating’

American rap star Curtis Jackson, known to fans as 50 Cent, calls the sights he saw in a refugee camp in Somalia “devastating.” The United Nations World Food Program recently hosted Jackson on a tour of Somalia and Kenya so he could see the fight against hunger in the Horn of Africa. (..) Jackson spoke Thursday about a visit to the Kabasa camp in southern Somalia's Dolow region, where thousands have sought refuge from war and drought. Jackson said women and children risked everything just to … [Read more...]

Survivors Of Violence In South Sudan Tell Their Stories

Survivors Of Violence In South Sudan Tell Their Stories "We feel safe here," says Labakal Kalahin, an exhausted mother of four who lost one of her children while fleeing to the village of Pibor from the fighting which erupted late last year in South Sudan’s Jonglei State. She’s among tens of thousands of people driven from their homes by the fighting whom WFP is now moving to assist with food and basic necessities."   Gumruk/Pibor - “We came here to look for food. Our … [Read more...]

DROUGHT takes our Women in Sahel Region of West Africa

  DROUGHT takes our Women in the Sahel Region of West Africa   For the third time in a decade, drought has returned to the Sahel region of West Africa bringing hunger to millions of people across the region. WFP is pre-positioning food assistance ahead of the annual lean season when the vulnerable – especially women and children – are most at risk of malnutrition.   NIAMEY—Drought has hit the Sahel region this year just as many families are still in the … [Read more...]

Maximize your 2011 tax deduction before December 31‏

Help malnourished children in Haiti today, and maximize your 2011 tax deduction. The generous donations you're making are transforming lives every day, and we can't thank you enough. Many children and families are living healthier and happier lives because of your ongoing support. That's why we know we can rely on you when children need you the most. And now is one of those times. Next month marks two years since the massive 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Plan has worked in Haiti since … [Read more...]

Somalia is Dying‏ ~ Take Action !!!

More than 2000 people are dying every day in Somalia, in a famine that threatens to starve more than eleven million people to death. Conflict between Somalia's Al-Shabaab regime and world leaders has kept out aid that could end the famine. But a few key countries have the power to broker a deal to stop the suffering. Sign the urgent petitionfor a humanitarian truce and forward to everyone: Right now, more than 2000 people are dying every day in Somalia, in a famine that threatens to … [Read more...]

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