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S. Sudan president vows aid access to famine-hit areas

Juba - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir vowed Tuesday that government would ensure aid could reach areas hit by famine after three years of war that has restricted access for humanitarian workers.

1.4 million children face famine in four countries: UNICEF

New York - Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN children's agency said Monday.

South Sudan suffering 'man-made' famine

Juba - South Sudan on Monday declared famine in some parts of the country, with more than three years of war leaving nearly five million hungry in what aid groups called a "man-made" tragedy.

UN says 75,000 children in Nigeria risk dying in 'months'

Abuja - Fourteen million people in northeast Nigeria urgently need humanitarian assistance and 75,000 children risk dying in "a few months", the United Nations warned Tuesday.

Famine possible in parts of Boko Haram-hit Nigeria: experts

Lagos - Some parts of northeast Nigeria that have been devastated by seven years of violence from the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency could be suffering from famine, according to experts monitoring the situation.

Ukraine famine memorial unveiled in US capital

Washington - A monument commemorating the millions of Ukrainians who died during a Soviet-era famine was unveiled in the US capital, in a ceremony that brought back horrific memories for survivors.

UN warns of 'storm' of famine in conflict-hit Yemen

Cairo - The United Nations warned Wednesday of a "developing famine" in Yemen, where more than half a million children are severely malnourished, and pressed for access to its war-torn regions.

Southern African leaders meet as region faces food crisis

Johanesburg - Leaders of 15 southern African countries will gather for an annual summit on Monday as the region grapples with serious food shortages that have left a record number of people needing aid.

Russia buries and burns contraband food on order of Putin

Belgorod - Russia marked the one year anniversary of its ban on western agricultural products on Thursday by destroying contraband food products, much to the consternation and outrage of the public and some at the Kremlin.

Ethiopia: 30 years on from famine and Live Aid

- Three decades ago, the world looked on in horror at images of dying famine victims in Ethiopia, as musicians led the giant global fundraising concert, Live Aid.

UNICEF declares 2014 a 'devastating year' for children

According to a UNICEF statement released on December 8, an estimated 230 million children live in countries and areas affected by armed conflicts.

South Sudan famine 'within weeks' without funding

Juba - Famine will break out in war-torn South Sudan within weeks unless massive funding for food aid is provided, aid agencies warned on Thursday.

UN: World security at risk unless food production is increased

The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) issued a stern warning to the world on Monday, saying food production must be increased a staggering 60 percent by mid-century to avoid mass starvation, social unrest and terrorism.

Irish potato famine pathogen identified

London - Scientists have used plant samples collected in the mid-19th Century to identify the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine. The fungus is different to the known types of fungi of today.

North Korean parents eat their children as famine worsens

Pyongyang - Reports say a North Korean man has been executed after he killed his two children for food. He was reportedly put to death by firing squad after officials discovered he ate his children in the 2012 famine in which thousands of North Koreans died.

North Koreans shorter than South Koreans due to famine, poor diet

Pyongyang - A new study has shown that North Koreans are on average three inches shorter than South Koreans. The study attributes the observation to stunted growth from years of famine and poor diet.

Somalia famine spreads, 750,000 face ‘imminent starvation’

The UN agricultural agency on Monday said famine conditions have spread to a sixth area in Somalia and the growing food crisis in the Horn of Africa could put another 750,000 people at risk of “imminent starvation” within the next four months.

Somali-Canadians set prioritized famine response plan Special

Toronto - Concerned Somali-Canadians in Toronto converged at the Alliance Neighbourhood Services on Jane Street on the evening of August 17th for a community consultation meeting to map out an effective response plan for the ongoing famine in Somalia.

World wide focus on Somalia's plight only way to make a change

As the crisis in Somalia worsens more nations are sending government officials to see for themselves the need. What they are seeing with their own eyes tears at their hearts knowing that the children they touch most likely will not survive the ordeal.

New Documentary Film Highlights the Plight of Somali Refugees Special

Toronto - Somali-led initiatives to raise greater awareness on the plight of Somali refugees took to the silver screen in Toronto and other western capitals with the recent screening of the acclaimed documentary, "Dadaab: Get There or Die Trying".

Heavy rains further hamper Somalia's famine crisis

Thousands of displaced Somalis fleeing drought and famine are now dealing with heavy rain and flooding which have left their make shift tents demolished.

UN calls emergency meeting: 11 million face famine in Somalia

Mogadishu - The UN has called an emergency meeting to address the developing humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa as an estimated 11 million people face famine in strife-torn Somalia.

Op-Ed: How Obama and Prince Philip planned the East African famine

If you thought the Kennedy assassination conspiracy theorists were living in cloud cuckooland, you haven’t heard of Lyndon LaRouche.

Food-aid misappropriation claim a lie, says eyewitness

An eyewitness humanitarian worker has rejected a claim that aid agency funds were misused in Tigray during the Ethiopian famine in 1984–5.

Despite Global Shortages, Americans Throw Out More Food Each Year

Famine and malnutrition ravage significant parts of the globe. Not the U.S., though. In America more and more food is being disposed of as waste and ending up in landfills

1984 famine in Ethiopia to repeat itself

History is repeating itself in Ethiopia. Twenty-five years after a devastating famine killed one million people, famine looms again - threatening 6.5 million lives.

How do refugees survive these tough times?

With the economic crisis hitting rich and poor citizens so hard worldwide right now - how do the world's many millions of stateless refugees survive? The UN says there are 9 million refugees, and begs for more funds because donors have stopped giving...

'1932-33 Famine in Ukraine' photo exhibition is a fake?

A photo exhibition dedicated to 1932-33 Famine in Ukraine, organized by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in Sevastopol demonstrated photographs taken in the USA, not in Ukraine, Novyy Region news agency has reported.

Riot in Zimbabwe over arrest of new deputy-minister Roy Bennett

The arrest on Friday of Zimbabwe's new deputy-agriculture Minister, the white farmer Roy Bennett, has caused widespread anger in the town of Mutare, where he is denied food by the police, said Mutare mayor Brian James. A crowd outside demands his release.

3,035th white farmer shot dead in South Africa in front of wife

In another of the tens of thousands of horrific armed attacks against white farm families, a young South African veterinarian was shot dead in Limpopo province next to his nursing wife who was pistol-whipped. Killed was Dr Paul Meyer, 38.
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Suffering in Somalia famine.
Suffering in Somalia famine.
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Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
Eskinder Debebe / UN
Up to 5.3 million people in South Sudan are in danger of starvation over the next few months.
Up to 5.3 million people in South Sudan are in danger of starvation over the next few months.
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Baby in Somalia.
Baby in Somalia.
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Women rush to a feeding centre in Mogadishu. The UN has declared famine throughout Somalia s souther...
Women rush to a feeding centre in Mogadishu. The UN has declared famine throughout Somalia's southern regions and UN agencies have stepped up their support as drought and insecurity have led to a massive displacement of people.
United Nations Organization / Stuart Price
Camp Mogadishu. This large-scale population displacement is the result of poor agricultural producti...
Camp Mogadishu. This large-scale population displacement is the result of poor agricultural production, loss of livestock because of drought, increasing prices, and perpetual insecurity.
Doctors Without Borders Organization
A child of Somali refugees  at a camp in Malkadiida  Ethiopia.
A child of Somali refugees, at a camp in Malkadiida, Ethiopia.
Eskinder Debebe / UN

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