Latest Famine News

Emaciated children in Kabul hospital point to rising hunger

Nov. 08, 2021 09:07 AM EST

KABUL (AP) — In Kabul's main children's hospital, 2½-year-old Guldana is sitting up in her bed, but she’s too exhausted to even open her eyes. Her tiny body is wrapped in a blanket, only her emaciated face showing. She’s one of a growing number of near-starving...

'Heartbreaking' Madagascar is wake-up call to climate crisis

Nov. 02, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The drought-stricken island nation of Madagascar is a ’wake up call” to what the world can expect in coming years due to climate change, the head of the United Nations' food aid agency said Tuesday. David Beasley, executive director of the World Food...

Conn. AG probing closure of Quinnipiac's Irish Hunger museum

Oct. 30, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's attorney general is investigating the closure of Quinnipiac University's Great Irish Hunger Museum, which shut its doors permanently in August after nine years dedicated to to study of what's commonly known as the Irish potato famine. ...

'God have mercy': Tigray residents describe life under siege

Oct. 16, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — As food and the means to buy it dwindled in a city under siege, the young mother felt she could do no more. She killed herself, unable to feed her children. In a Catholic church across town, flour and oil to make communion wafers will soon run out....

UN: Yemen economy is collapsing, humanitarian crisis rising

Oct. 14, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Yemen’s economy is collapsing, its humanitarian crisis is worsening, and the conflict in the Arab world’s poorest nation is growing more violent, the U.N.’s deputy humanitarian chief said Thursday. The grim remarks by Assistant...

UN says Ethiopia has no legal right to expel 7 UN officials

Oct. 01, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief informed Ethiopia on Friday that it has no legal right to expel seven U.N. officials and warned that severe restrictions on desperately needed aid to the conflict-wracked Tigray region have created a humanitarian and human rights crisis that is...

The AP Interview: Ethiopia crisis 'stain on our conscience'

Sep. 29, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The crisis in Ethiopia is a “stain on our conscience,” the United Nations humanitarian chief said, as children and others starve to death in the Tigray region under what the U.N. has called a de facto government blockade of food, medical supplies and fuel. ...

'I just cry': Dying of hunger in Ethiopia's blockaded Tigray

Sep. 20, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In parts of Ethiopia’s Tigray region, people now eat only green leaves for days. At a health center last week, a mother and her newborn weighing just 1.7 pounds died from hunger. In every district of the more than 20 where one aid group works, residents have starved...

Report: 150 starved to death in Ethiopia's Tigray in August

Sep. 07, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A least 150 people starved to death last month in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region amid a near-complete blockade of food aid by federal and allied authorities, the Tigray forces say, while close to half a million people face famine conditions. ...