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Rushing Relief Assistance to Victims of South Asian Quake

In response to the devastating earthquake in South Asia, the international aid organization Action Against Hunger (known internationally as Action contre la Faim, or ACF) will fly in 30 tons of food aid and water provision supplies this week and send in a response team of water, sanitation, and food security experts.

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.

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.

Central Afghanistan Facing Food Shortages

Despite higher rainfall in 2003 that followed five years of severe drought, the population in the central provinces of Afghanistan is once again threatened by food shortages.

Assessment of Livelihoods and Vulnerability in Kabul, Afghanistan

The following ACF - France report, a survey carried out earlier this year, details and maps livelihoods in Kabul, Afghanistan. The focus of the survey was to gain a better understanding of areas at risk and of the constraints faced by vulnerable groups throughout the city.

Chechnya: Back to Hell

There is no conflict in Chechnya: that's what the Russian government, and the Chechen government in place since October 2003, are striving to demonstrate, both in word and in action.

To them, the lack of security in Chechnya is only marginal, and not an obstacle either to the reconstruction of the territory and its institutions, or to the supposedly voluntary return of refugees displaced in Ingushetia since 1999.

ACF Experts Says It's Essential to Distribute Fresh Food to Earthquake Victims in Pakistan

A team of Action Against Hunger experts in food security in the Bam region of Pakistan have determined that, although further food rations for the earthquake victims are not currently necessary, it is important to distribute food that gives the surviving population a balanced diet and to ensure that relief food reaches everyone.

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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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