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Emergency in Iran, Action Against Hunger is Already Helping in the Area of Earthquake Devastation

Early this morning, an earthquake shook the province of Kerman in southeast Iran. As soon as Action Against Hunger heard about the disaster, a team of relief professionals traveled from Bam to Zarand, the area of the earthquake, to evaluate the most urgent needs of victims and to organize emergency assistance.

The area of the disaster is located 250 kilometres from Bam, where Action Against Hunger has been present since December 2003, when an earlier earthquake devastated the area and left more than 40,000 dead and thousands injured.

Jean-Christophe Rufin, President of ACF-France, Visits Post-Tsunami South Asia

Jean-Christophe Rufin, President of Action Against Hunger France, is bringing his support to the teams and to the victims of the disaster. He left Wednesday and is currently at the Action Against Hunger base in Batticaloa, on the East coast of Sri Lanka - one of the areas most affected by the tsunami. He will return to France on Sunday.

Separately, a cargo plane chartered by Action Against Hunger will take off tonight at 10pm from Vatry (Marne) for Sri Lanka, with volunteers and 40 tons of equipment on board.

ACF Implements Assistance Programs, Aceh, Indonesia

International humanitarian aid organization Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF) has had a presence in Indonesia since 1997 for emergency interventions in conflict zones and for rebuilding assistance. Action Against Hunger is now intervening in Aceh, in the North of the island of Sumatra, to provide assistance to the distressed populations. The tsunami that took place on December 26, 2004 has caused the death of over 90,000 people in Aceh. Out of a total local population of 4 million, over 1million are displaced.

Tsunami in Sri Lanka Worsens Pre-Existing Crisis

When the tsunami of December 26 hit Sri Lanka with 50-foot waves traveling more than 1.5 miles inland, the country was already reeling from floods two weeks earlier. Over a period of 10 days, floods had destroyed thousands of homes and half the local paddy fields, slashing January's projected food harvest by 75% and leaving 61,000 Sri Lankans affected.

Affected by Hurricane Jane, Gonaives is Emerging From Mud, but Situation Remains Tense

Limited access to food and sanitation in Gonaives, Haiti, will increase risks to the population during the coming weeks, according to Action Against Hunger/Action Contre la Faim (ACF), the non-governmental, non-religious, non-profit international organization that aids more than 5 million beneficiaries a year around the world. In order to prevent the malnutrition of children, the primary victims, ACF will establish more than 15 feeding stations in devastated neighbourhoods of Gonaives during the first few days of December.

Flooding in Haiti

Two weeks after the country was devastated by Hurricane Jeanne, the situation in Haiti remains precarious: the number of casualties and the scale of material damage continue to increase in a climate of social unrest. Many areas remain inaccessible. Action Against Hunger has put in place emergency water and sanitation programmes in order to make up for the shortage of drinking water and to restore access to clean water as soon as possible.

Haiti Devastated By Floods

Following the political crisis at the beginning of the year and torrential rains in May, Haiti has now been ravaged by tropical storm Jeanne.

Food Shortage Alert For Central Afghanistan

For over 6 years drought has ravaged central Afghanistan, particularly the district of Hazaradjat (Dai Kundi). This year, a winter of littler snow and no rain further diminished the few remaining resources of the people of these extremely remote areas. Last June, Action Against Hunger sounded the alarm via the press about the food situation in this region.

Kidnapping of Aid Workers: All Humanitarian Assistance to Iraq Now at Risk

Action Against Hunger, Aide Medicale Internationale and Handicap International were shocked and outraged to learn of the abduction of four humanitarian workers yesterday in Baghdad. Italians Simona Torita and Simona Baro, who work for the NGO “A Bridge to Iraq,” were seized by gunmen at their offices in the Iraqi capital in broad daylight, along with an Iraqi female aid worker and an Iraqi male colleague. The relief groups are expressing their grave concern about the situation, and making an appeal that all efforts be made to secure their release as soon as possible.

After Month-Long Insurgency, Congolese Return to Calm but Barren Villages

Refugees from the eastern province of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo returned to their homes this week only to find that government and rebel troops had stolen their belongings, pilfered or destroyed at least sixty percent of the harvested crops, and looted a number of hospitals and therapeutic feeding centers run by Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF) , according to an evaluation conducted by the international humanitarian organization.

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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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