Latest Hunger News

UN warns COVID-19 is `roaring back' as Yemen faces famine

Apr. 15, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Thursday that the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in Yemen is getting even worse with the COVID-19 pandemic “roaring back” in recent weeks as the Arab world’s poorest country faces a large-scale famine. ...

Saudi university catches fire near Yemen border in attack

Apr. 15, 2021 04:17 AM EDT

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A Saudi university near the country's border with Yemen caught fire early Thursday after the kingdom's air defenses intercepted a barrage of ballistic missiles and bomb-laden drones. The interception scattered debris on Jizan University’s...

Kim compares North Korea's economic woes to 1990s famine

Apr. 09, 2021 06:20 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for waging another “arduous march” to fight severe economic difficulties, for the first time comparing them to a 1990s famine that killed hundreds of thousands. Kim had previously said his country...

EXPLAINER: Is the US border with Mexico in crisis?

Apr. 08, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

Nearly 19,000 children traveling alone were stopped at the Mexican border in March, smashing previous highs set during periods of heavy child migration in 2014 and 2019. Is it a crisis? Spin and semantics aside, migration to the U.S. from Mexico is...

UN warns over 27 million Congolese suffer from acute hunger

Apr. 07, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two U.N. agencies warned Tuesday that over 27 million people in Congo are suffering from acute hunger, a record high representing almost one-third of the conflict-wracked African nation’s estimated population of 87 million. The Food and...

Rhode Island getting federal funds for hunger, rent relief

Apr. 05, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is getting about $40 million in federal relief funding to address the ongoing hunger crisis that has been made worse by the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said Monday. The money will be used to help with the distribution of boxes...

Russian activists issue report on rights abuses in Syria

Apr. 02, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian human rights activists released a report Friday that chronicles alleged war crimes and violations of international humanitarian law during the 10-year conflict in Syria. Activists from the Memorial Human Rights Center, the Civic Assistance...

Born in war, Bangladesh marks 50 years of independence

Mar. 24, 2021 01:18 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Shafiqul Islam was studying business at Dhaka College in 1971 when a bloody and brutal war for independence ravaged Bangladesh. After undergoing guerrilla training in India, he returned to fight against Pakistani soldiers. “It was a time of...

Illinois governor touts plan to address poverty and hunger

Mar. 18, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has touted a new plan for helping end hunger in Illinois that includes improved technology and better collaboration between state agencies and advocacy groups. Pritzker announced strategies Thursday that he said will better help...

'Republic of Queues': 10 years on, Syria is a hungry nation

Mar. 15, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The lines stretch for miles outside gas stations in Syrian cities, with an average wait of five hours to fill up a tank. At bakeries, people push and shove during long, chaotic waits for their turn to collect the quota of two bread packs a day per family. ...