Saturday, October 30, 2004

Forgotten but not gone

The BBC for October 26 reported that
[a] World Food Programme survey on nutrition and food security in Darfur has found that almost half of all families are not getting enough to eat.

The survey confirms aid agencies' fears that the western Sudanese region is facing a serious food shortage. ...

The agency found that:

- Almost 22% of children in camps for internally displaced people are malnourished
- Almost half of all families are not getting enough to eat
- Ninety-four percent of the displaced in Darfur are completely reliant on food aid for every mouthful they consume.
Even those who were not displaced are having trouble feeding themselves: Food prices have gone up 60% and scarcity is expected to increase with an expected small harvest and many farmers lacking seeds or tools for the next planting season. The result will be more and more people relying on food aid.

Some 1.5 million people have been driven from their homes in the conflict, a minimum of 70,000 have died.

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