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2011-07-20 10:30:00

UNICEF appeals for donations to provide critical relief - $10 can feed a child for 10 days NEW YORK, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Nations declared today a famine in two regions of southern Somalia: southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle. More than half a million children in Somalia are acutely malnourished and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. UNICEF has called the situation across the Horn of Africa the "most severe humanitarian emergency in the world,"...

2006-04-04 16:46:26

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger said on Tuesday it would deny accreditation to foreign journalists who reported alleged food shortages in the central African state after criticising three BBC journalists for their "negative" coverage. The BBC said on Monday a team of its journalists had their permission to work withdrawn by the government in Niamey after finding evidence of food shortages in the Maradi region in central Niger, hard hit by last year's humanitarian crisis. But Niger's...

2005-11-21 02:47:17

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Thousands of children face severe malnutrition in southeastern Madagascar and 1,600 could soon die if they do not receive emergency food aid, a government official said on Monday. Emergency Council Secretary-General Jacki Randindrarison said the government had appealed for aid to avert a famine in the drought-prone Vangaindrano district and was rushing aid to the worst-affected villages. "We did an assessment last week, 1,600 children are at immediate risk...

2005-08-03 09:17:09

By Finbarr O'Reilly YAMA, Niger (Reuters) - Emergency operations to feed 2.5 million people in Niger reached some of their first beneficiaries on Wednesday, but there was only enough for some of the hundreds of women and children who came in search of help. Mothers who left their homes at dawn to trek to the northeastern village of Yama swelled a crowd of expectant faces to more than 1,000 by the time aid workers began handing out biscuits and flour from a stock designed for 500 people....

2005-07-31 14:12:12

By Matthew Green TAHOUA, Niger (Reuters) - The United Nations has more than doubled the number of people it plans to feed in Niger as dwindling food supplies in villages push more people close to the brink of starvation. The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) now aims to provide emergency rations to 2.5 million people compared with the 1.2 million it said it aimed to help last week, reflecting a major increase in the scale of its response. "We are increasing the number to 2.5 million as more...

2005-07-31 09:01:05

By Matthew Green TAHOUA, Niger (Reuters) - The United Nations has more than doubled the number of people it plans to feed in Niger over the past few days as dwindling food supplies in villages bring people closer to the brink of starvation. The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) now aims to provide emergency rations to 2.5 million people compared to the 1.2 million it said it aimed to help last week, reflecting a major increase in the scale of its response. "We are increasing the number to...

2005-07-30 08:42:13

By Matthew Green TAHOUA, Niger (Reuters) - Malaria and diarrhoea pose a growing threat to Niger's starving children, aid workers said on Saturday, some infants looking desperately weak as they lay in an emergency feeding tent in the northern town of Tahoua. Slumped with their heads in their mothers' laps or wailing with pain, tiny children brought into the tent look close to death even before illness takes hold of their skeletal frames. Doctors administer oxygen to some while mothers try...

2005-07-20 15:59:47

(Corrects dollar figures in second and third paragraph of story.) By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Niger's severe food crisis could have been prevented if the United Nations had a reserve fund to jump-start humanitarian aid while appeals for money were considered, a senior U.N. official said Tuesday. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, known as OCHA, has $50 million to quickly respond to emergencies, but only for loans, which must be repaid. Instead,...

2005-07-20 15:55:00

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Niger's severe food crisis could have been prevented if the United Nations had a reserve fund to jump-start humanitarian aid while appeals for money were considered, a senior U.N. official said Tuesday. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, known as OCHA, has $50 million to quickly respond to emergencies, but only for loans, which must be repaid. Instead, it wants $500 million for grants to rapidly launch emergency relief...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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