Latest Famine News

Darfur sees an increase in much needed food aid, but it’s still not enough to avert famine, UN says

Jun. 20, 2024 17:35 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Families in Sudan’s embattled western Darfur region have finally received an emergency increase in food aid that is much needed to help avert looming famine, the U.N. food agency said Thursday. The World Food Program said in an update that five convoys carrying 5,000...

Some life-saving food assistance entered South Darfur, UN says, but aid groups say more is needed

Jun. 19, 2024 18:16 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — South Darfur saw a slight increase in critical aid when the U.N.'s World Food Program delivered life-saving food and nutrition to some families across the violence-riddled western Sudanese state, the organization said. But more assistance is needed, humanitarian organizations say. ...

UN agencies say over 1 million in Gaza could experience highest level of starvation by mid-July

Jun. 05, 2024 13:09 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — United Nations agencies warned Wednesday that over 1 million Palestinians in Gaza could experience the highest level of starvation by the middle of next month if hostilities continue. The World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization said in a joint...

Famine is possibly underway in northern Gaza despite recent aid efforts, a new report warns

Jun. 04, 2024 23:37 PM EDT

JERUSALEM, Israel (AP) — An independent group of experts warned Tuesday that it's possible that famine is underway in northern Gaza but that the war between Israel and Hamas and restrictions on humanitarian access have impeded the data collection to prove it. "It is possible, if...

Sudan's people are trapped in `inferno of brutal violence' as famine and fighting close in, UN says

May. 15, 2024 19:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Sudanese people “are trapped in an inferno of brutal violence” with famine, disease and fighting closing in and no end in sight, the top U.N. humanitarian official in the war-ravaged country said Wednesday. Clementine Nkweta-Salami told a U.N. press...

What are the latest obstacles to bringing humanitarian aid into Gaza, where hunger is worsening?

May. 09, 2024 09:02 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — One major land crossing into Gaza was shut down after a Hamas rocket attack, another by an Israeli incursion. And only a trickle of aid is entering through a third crossing that just opened in recent weeks. The latest developments threaten to worsen the...

The UN says there's 'full-blown famine' in northern Gaza. What does that mean?

May. 06, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The head of the United Nations World Food Program says northern Gaza has entered “full-blown famine” after nearly seven months of war between Israel and Hamas. But a formal, and highly sensitive, famine declaration faces the complications of politics and of confirming...

A senior UN official says northern Gaza is now in 'full-blown famine'

May. 03, 2024 22:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top U.N. official said Friday that hard-hit northern Gaza was now in “full-blown famine" after more than six months of war between Israel and Hamas and severe Israeli restrictions on food deliveries to the Palestinian territory. Cindy McCain, the American...

UN report says 282 million people faced acute hunger in 2023, with the worst famine in Gaza

Apr. 25, 2024 08:06 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly 282 million people in 59 countries suffered from acute hunger in 2023, with war-torn Gaza as the territory with the largest number of people facing famine, according to the Global Report on Food Crises released Wednesday. The U.N. report said 24 million...

UN agency helping Palestinians in Gaza seeks support against Israel's demands for its dissolution

Apr. 17, 2024 22:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency that has helped millions of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank for decades urged the Security Council on Wednesday to ensure its survival as Israel again demanded its dissolution, accusing the agency of becoming part of Hamas’ “terror war...