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Burundi: Action Against Hunger Suspends Its Programs

Three weeks after the attack against an Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF) vehicle at the end of December, killing French aid worker Agnes Dury and seriously injuring another aid worker, ACF has decided to suspend its programs in Burundi.

Political Solution Needed to Stanch Crisis in Kenya

The International aid group Action Against Hunger has expanded its emergency operations in Kenya, launching programs in Nairobi and strengthening activities in Nakuru and Molo. The instability from Kenya’s post-electoral turmoil continues to disrupt the capital and threaten vulnerable groups by limiting access to food and water.

Action Against Hunger Responds to Crisis in Kenya

In the aftermath of the disputed presidential election, as many as 30,000 Kenyans have streamed into this provincial capital located just 2 hours (150 km) north of Nairobi. Action Against Hunger (ACF-USA), the first international non-governmental organization currently operating in Nakuru, just completed an emergency assessment of the situation and has begun to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the growing population of internally displaced people.

Burundi: In Honor of Agnès

On Monday, December 31st, 2007, a car belonging to the international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger / Action Contre La Faim (ACF) was targeted by gunmen on a street in Ruyigi, eastern Burundi. Two of the passengers were critically wounded: Agnès, a psychologist working in ACF’s Burundi programs since July 2007, and Aude, a Nurse/Nutritionist. They were transported to Ruyigi Hospital and then to a larger hospital in the city of Gitega.

Sadly, Agnès succumbed to her injuries and passed away upon arriving in Gitega.

Action Against Hunger Staff Member Killed

On Monday, December 31 2007, at 6:30 pm, an Action Against Hunger vehicle was targeted by shooters in the city of Ruyigi in the East of Burundi.

Action Against Hunger Launches New Health/Nutrition Project In Two Countries With Highest Incidence of AIDS

With little over a million inhabitants each, Swaziland and Lesotho are at the top of the list of countries with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS, 33% and 23% respectively. Additionally, the rate of chronic malnutrition affects three out of ten children under five years of age in Lesotho and half the number of children in Swaziland.

Field Surveys Show Massive Harvest Losses in Coastal Bangladesh

With Cyclone Sidr’s devastating human toll continuing to climb past 5,000 (with more than 3 million people affected), Action Against Hunger’s field teams have just announced more disquieting news: initial field surveys suggest upwards of 95% of all harvests were lost in the coastal regions of Bangladesh. Beyond the cyclone’s immediate devastation, the near total destruction of once productive lands exacerbates the crisis by threatening future self-sufficiency in the region.

Saving Lives in Bangladesh: Emergency Response to Cyclone Sidr

In response to the devastating cyclone that touched down in southern Bangladesh on November 15, international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger (ACF) has dispatched emergency crews and life-saving materials to the region to supplement teams already on the ground at the time of the disaster. A natural disaster of significant proportions, the cyclone has killed more than 3,000 people to date and left a swath of destruction affecting some 3 million people.

ACF Airlifts Water and Sanitation Material into Nicaragua

Action Against Hunger’s team is working in coordination with other international and local organizations to guarantee that the population will have access to drinking water. In Sahsa, the most affected area in the Nicaraguan coast, the five gravity-fed water systems have collapsed. Besides the lack of water, a plague of rats increased the risk of transmission of diseases.

ACF Mobilizes for Post-Felix Evaluation in Central America

According to the organization’s Emergency Observatory, the unexpected change in the path of the hurricane in Nicaragua could have severe consequences for the people who did not have time to prepare for the force of the impact.

“We still do not know the spread of the impact in Nicaragua although we know that it will be an emergency. We have evacuated our team in the region of Somoto and we are doing the first evaluation of the damage,” explains Mayte Martín Serra, manager of Action Against Hunger’s mission for Central America.

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Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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