Archive for May 9th, 2022


Record Levels of Hunger Persist in Afghanistan

People require humanitarian assistance, livelihood support, jobs, and long-term investment to help solve the crisis.

Afghanistan. World Food Programme trucks transport food

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KABUL, (WFP)* – 19.7 million people, almost half of Afghanistan’s population, are facing acute hunger according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis conducted in January and February 2022 by Food Security and Agriculture Cluster partners, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and many NGOs.

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‘People will always find a way to get through’: the children who work in smuggling

Human Wrongs Watch

With few ways to earn income on the border, many young men turn to the dangerous but well-paid work of people smuggling.

Graffiti on the US-Mexico border wall | Mike Hardiman/Alamy Stock Photo. All rights reserved

Advisory: this story contains depictions of violence.

5 May 2022 (openDemocracy)* — I have worked doing a lot of things. I’ve installed internet cables and electricity. Done construction work and sold clothing downtown. One time I even helped tear down a hill with one of those huge machines that you use to make holes.

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11 Years of Conflict: With Hunger at Historic Levels, Millions of Syrians Hang by a Thread

CAIRO, (WFP)* – The war in Ukraine has dealt a fresh hammer blow to Syria’s ability to feed itself just as the country struggles to deal with levels of hunger that are up by half since 2019, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today on the eve of the annual donor pledging conference held in Brussels.

With years of conflict, a severe economic downturn, and food prices rising relentlessly since 2020, the Ukraine crisis is exacerbating what was already an alarming food security scenario in Syria.

In March, food prices increased by 24 percent in just one month, following an 800 percent increase in the last two years. This has brought food prices to their highest level since 2013.

“Saying that the situation in Syria is alarming is a huge understatement. The heart-breaking reality for millions of Syrian families is that they don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley.

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