A hospital in Yemen’s Hodeidah — where a prison was recently hit by a deadly airstrike — says that malnutrition is also on the rise due the country’s ongoing conflict.
Hunger is again stalking Malawi, with 2.8 million people at risk in a country recently lauded for slashing malnutrition rates. Floods and drought have hit the staple maize crop, exposing the fragility of Malawi’s progress, which was partly rooted in a fertilizer grant for small-scale farmers that the cash-strapped government, now starved of donor funds, can ill afford.
Aid agencies have launched a humanitarian appeal for 2016 calling for 1.3 billion U.S. dollars to provide vital assistance to 5.1 million people across South Sudan. Two years of conflict, high food prices and a worsening economy have pushed over 5 million South Sudanese into hunger.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has raised concern about food security in southern Africa where an estimated 14 million people are facing hunger following prolonged dry spells that led to a poor harvest last year. The weather condition is said to have been worsened by El Nino, a pattern which typically brings drier conditions to Southern Africa and wetter ones to East Africa.
Malawi faces its most severe food crisis in a decade, blamed on extreme flooding and late, erratic rains, putting millions at risk of malnutrition and hunger.
Foods rations distributed to 30,000 people in Zimbabwe following drought and crop failure. The problems in Zimbabwe are being felt across the region, threatening the lives of millions of people who are facing hunger this year and next because of drought and erratic rains linked to an expected “super” version of the El Nino weather pattern.
French parliament passes measure banning “undernourished” models as part of wider anorexia clamp-down.