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Aid Groups Warn of Food Crisis in Northern Mali

"Humanitarian groups are warning that northern Mali soon could be facing a serious food crisis unless more money is raised. The agencies warned Friday that more than 800,000 people need immediate food aid and some 3 million people nationwide are at risk. Speaking for 11 international aid agencies, Franck Vannetelle, director of Action Against Hunger in Mali, said the number of vulnerable people facing a new food crisis 'is likely to double if the needs identified are not met quickly.' 

Lack of food stunts Chad children, damages minds

"We have a habit of focusing on mortality, because the photographs are more shocking. But there is a silent phenomenon that is going on — it's stunting," says Jacques Terrenoire, the Chad country director of the French aid group, Action Against Hunger. "It poses a fundamental problem for the future of a country."

Hunger returns to Africa, stalking 1M children

"...More than 1 million children under 5 in this wide, arid swath of Africa below the Sahara are now at risk of a food shortage so severe that it threatens their lives, UNICEF estimates... 

Hunger in this region is a lurking predator that never quite leaves, and comes back every year to pick off the weakest. Even in a non-crisis year, some 300,000 children die from lack of food across western and central Africa. All it takes is a drought and a failed harvest, and those who are now barely living on one meal a day will starve.

Price of freedom: S.Sudan sees food costs rise

"Onno Van Manen, the country director of Action Against Hunger, said a 'reasonable' harvest this year of wheat and sorghum has lessened the severity of a potential food crisis, but he noted the rise in prices. 'It's too early to say, but with the population increasing in size...we anticipate that we may have to respond to an increased caseload,' said Van Manen."

Sudan expels aid groups after arrest warrant

"...The non-governmental aid groups ordered out were Oxfam, CARE, MSF-Holland, Mercy Corps, Save the Children, the Norweigan Refugee Council, the International Rescue Committee, Action Contre la Faim, Solidarites and CHF International. ..."

About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

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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