WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME AWARDED 2020 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

News   •   Oct 09, 2020 12:55 BST

Our great congratulations go to the World Food Programme who have won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. We are extremely proud to have worked with the World Food Programme as they support the needs and champion the voices of the millions of people going to bed hungry night after night, sometimes to the point of starvation, because of conflicts beyond their control.

Millions of people’s lives are being decimated by hunger and the number is rising. Despite the many in-roads that have been made, global hunger levels continue to rise. Now, as the world is gripped by a global pandemic, we need to shine a spotlight on the hunger pandemic trailing in the shadow of Covid 19.

Hunger is a global crisis that will continue to worsen with escalating conflict. It is an existential threat to millions of people around the world and if left unchecked could threaten billions of people in the years and decades to come.

We hope this prestigious award will act as a beacon, shining a spotlight on a hunger crisis that is growing on a daily basis. Governments must wake up to the scale of the challenge and put ending conflict-induced hunger centre stage of their diplomatic and humanitarian efforts.

Awarding Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Programme should act as a beacon, shining a spotlight on a global hunger crisis that is growing on a daily basis.

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​NIGERIA: ACTION AGAINST HUNGER CONDEMNS THE ASSASSINATION OF ITS STAFF AND FOUR OTHER HOSTAGES

News   •   Jul 23, 2020 09:50 BST

It is with profound grief that we confirm the assassination of Ishaku Yakubu, Action Against Hunger staff member from the Monguno base, and four aid workers who were taken hostage by a non-state armed group in Borno State, north eastern Nigeria, on June 8, 2020. The aid workers were not working at the time of their abduction. Our thoughts are with their families, friends and colleagues in Nigeria.

Action Against Hunger condemns, in the strongest possible terms, these assassinations and deeply regrets that our calls for their release were not answered.

The capture of humanitarian workers violates International Humanitarian Law, and all the rules for the protection of workers, humanitarian organisations, and partners. This unjustifiable assassination reflects the immense difficulty faced by independent and impartial humanitarian actors, and the violence we are exposed to every day to fulfil our mission, as well as to promote the values of humanity and solidarity that are more necessary than ever.

Once again, the question arises as to the balance between concern for the safety of staff and the continuation of life-saving activities for hundreds of thousands of people.

We do not have additional comments at this stage. We request that the public and journalists respect the dignity and the privacy of the victims by not sharing images or videos that may circulate on the Internet.

Action Against Hunger extends deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of one of its staff killed in Nigeria.

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COVID-19 RESPONSES PUTTING MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AT RISK OF STARVATION

Press releases   •   Apr 09, 2020 09:36 BST

​REFUGEE CAMPS AND INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS A “TICKING TIME BOMB” FOR COVID-19

Press releases   •   Mar 25, 2020 14:54 GMT

CAMEROON: AS THE COUNTRY IS GRIPPED BY POLITICAL UNREST, HUMANITARIAN NEEDS CONTINUE TO GROW

Press releases   •   Feb 07, 2020 14:39 GMT

  • 70 percent shortfall in funding for the humanitarian response
  • Action Against Hunger has witnessed a sharp increase in malnutrition in the far north, treating 64 per cent more children than had been projected for the period
  • Hospitals and schools have been looted, further exacerbating the humanitarian situation

Only 30% of humanitarian needs are currently funded in Cameroon, where the security and nutritional situation continues to deteriorate in the far north of the country. Action Against Hunger teams are calling on donors to further commit to the humanitarian response in the country.

Action Against Hunger teams are currently caring for more than 7,350 children under the age of 5 suffering from severe acute malnutrition, compared with the 4,766 expected during this period. This is an increase of 64 per cent. It is also estimated that more than 230,000 people are currently experiencing food insecurity in the area.

The resurgence of attacks by armed groups in recent months in the far north of the country is extremely concerning. Between October and December 2019, the number of attacks increased by 72.5%. Nearly 140 attacks occurred during the two last months of the year. These figures are unprecedented since 2016.

These attacks have resulted in further displacement of the population. More than 460,000 people are now estimated to have been displaced in the north of the country as a result of violence, with a 10% rise between April and December 2019.

Aurélie Carmeille, Action Against Hunger Country Director in Cameroon, said:

“In some areas, such as around Kolofata, more than 80% of the population are spending the night away from their homes and coming back only during the day due to fear of attacks.

“Health facilities have been looted which is heaping even more pressure on the situation as both the capacity and access to these vital facilities is reduced. This is particularly alarming as many of the most vulnerable people are pregnant women and children under 5"

“Despite the sharp increase in needs observed by our teams on the ground, we don’t have the resources to meet the growing demands. Cameroon needs urgent investment if INGOs are going to be able to respond effectively”

This deterioration of the security situation is leading to a deterioration in the nutritional situation in certain border areas, and the creation of localities which are insufficiently resourced to manage the growing levels of severe acute malnutrition, the most serious form of undernourishment.

An urgent donor effort is needed to meet the needs of the people in this region. 

  • Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organisation that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children and work with their communities before and after disaster strikes. We ensure that everyone can access clean water, food, training and healthcare. We enable people to provide for themselves and we constantly search for more effective solutions, while sharing our knowledge and expertise with the world. We push for long-term change. We will never give up. Until the world is free from hunger.
  • In 2018, Action Against Hunger helped more than 21 million people in nearly 50 countries around the world.
  • www.actionagainsthunger.org.uk
  • Follow us @acf_uknews   

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10 YEARS ON FROM THE EARTHQUAKE AND HAITI IS “STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE”

Press releases   •   Jan 10, 2020 10:52 GMT

NIGERIA: ACTION AGAINST HUNGER CONDEMNS THE EXECUTION OF FOUR HOSTAGES IN THE NORTH EAST

News   •   Dec 13, 2019 18:56 GMT

The armed group responsible for kidnapping six humanitarian workers in north east Nigeria on 18 July, 2019 today claimed they have executed four hostages. This brings the number of killings to five. Action Against Hunger extends its deepest sympathies to their loved ones and its colleagues in Nigeria.

Last July, an employee of Action Against Hunger, two drivers and three health ministry personnel were kidnapped while delivering humanitarian aid to extremely vulnerable people in Borno State. The first hostage to be executed from the group was killed at the end of September.

Action Against Hunger condemns these latest killings in the strongest terms and deeply regrets that its calls for the release of the hostages have not been acted upon. Action Against Hunger is extremely concerned and calls for the immediate release of its staff member, Grace, who remains in captivity.

Action Against Hunger states categorically that every attack against humanitarian workers ultimately impacts vulnerable civilians.

Action Against Hunger is currently providing food assistance every month to approximately 300,000 people in north east Nigeria who have no access to livelihoods and food. In addition, Action Against Hunger is reaching thousands more with life-saving health and nutrition services.

Action Against Hunger requests that the public and media respect the dignity of the victims and the privacy of their families by not sharing images or videos that may circulate on the Internet.

ACTION AGAINST HUNGER CONDEMNS THE EXECUTION OF FOUR MORE HUMANITARIAN WORKERS TAKEN HOSTAGE IN NORTH EAST NIGERIA AND CALLS FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE REMAINING HOSTAGE

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YEMEN: HODEIDAH STILL THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE FOR CIVILIANS

Press releases   •   Dec 12, 2019 13:35 GMT

One year after the Stockholm Agreement, Hodeidah is still the most dangerous place in Yemen for civilians

A quarter of all civilian casualties across Yemen in 2019 were recorded in Hodeidah governorate. Despite a ceasefire in the port city being at the heart of last year’s Stockholm Agreement, there have been 799 deaths in Hodeidah since the Agreement was signed, the highest toll nationwide.

Families continue to flee for their lives, with nearly 390,000 Yemenis uprooted from their homes so far in 2019. Half of all those displaced came from just three governorates – Hajjah, Hodeidah, and Al Dhale’e.

Despite a drop in the level of violence compared to 2018, Hodeidah, Sa’ada, Taizz, Al Dhale, and Hajjah remain the most dangerous areas for civilians in 2019.

As aid agencies working in Yemen, we are outraged that after almost five years, Yemenis continue to suffer from an incalculable humanitarian crisis fuelled by conflict and civilians continue to bear the brunt of the violence. Houses, farms, markets, and health facilities are damaged and destroyed, worsening an already dire humanitarian situation.

Yemen is the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. Ten million people face starvation and 7 million are malnourished. Fighting and restrictions put in place by the authorities hamper our organisations’ ability to reach the communities in greatest need. Conflict also continues to block people’s access to markets and services, and to damage essential infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, and water systems.

Last month’s signing of the Riyadh Agreement, as well as a general de-escalation in hostilities, presents a real window of opportunity to end the war. If urgent action is not taken, we could see another five years of conflict, leading to a greater catastrophe for civilians.

We call on all parties to the conflict, the United Nations Security Council, and countries with influence to work together and speed up implementation of the Stockholm Agreement. The recent announcement of the opening of Sana’a airport for medical flights is a positive sign, and if implemented, it will help thousands of sick Yemenis access lifesaving medical care.

Now is the time to build confidence towards peace through the Agreement and beyond, by implementing revenue-sharing from Hodeidah port to pay salaries across the country and by ending the politicised deadlock over fuel to resolve the crisis.

While we call for full implementation of the Stockholm Agreement, it should not be a pre-condition for peace in Yemen. A nationwide ceasefire must also be immediately put in place to secure long-overdue peace talks. What Yemen needs most is an end to the violence through a political solution to the conflict that takes into account the needs of women, youth, and all of civil society.

Signed by:

Action Against Hunger

Adventist Relief and Development Agency

CARE International

Danish Refugee Council

Handicap International - Humanity and Inclusion

Islamic Relief

International Rescue Committee

Intersos

Medecins du Monde

Norwegian Refugee Council

Oxfam

Première Urgence Internationale

Saferworld

Vision Hope International

ZOA

Latest casualty (deaths and injuries) and humanitarian figures

  • A total of 1,008 civilians have been killed by armed violence so far this year, down from 2,049 for all of last year.
  • More civilians have been killed or injured by ground fighting this year than in the 12 months before.
  • More than 2,100 incidents of armed violence have involved civilians since the Stockholm Agreement - no improvement on the prior 12 months.
  • The number of civilians were killed or injured by explosive ordnance has increased, from 349 people impacted last year to 504 so far this year.
  • 327 incidents of armed violence directly affected civilian houses in 2019, 60 percent of the total incidents. Half of the child and women casualties in 2019 resulted from incidents affecting houses.
  • More than 40 percent of all incidents of armed violence affecting civilians occurred in Hodeidah Governorate. A quarter of all 3,086 country-wide civilian casualties took place in Hodeidah, followed by Taiz Governorate.
  • The overall number of civilian casualties dropped compared with 2018, largely due to a significant reduction in airstrikes in Hodeidah and a recent de-escalation of violence across the country.
  • Data and analysis on civilian casualties and impact on civilian infrastructure was conducted by ACAPS and CIMP. This is open source data and has not been separately verified by the INGOs that are signatories here.
  • Photos, videos and stories of displaced people:
  • Photos of people displaced from Hodeidah can be found here.
  • Stories about a displaced family can be found here.
  • Video of a displaced family can be found here.
  • For media interviews, please contact:
  • Jovita Sandaite, Action Against Hunger, Advocacy Expert, advocexpert@ye-actioncontrelafaim.org, +962 778 527 171
  • Michelle Delaney, Norwegian Refugee Council Media Advisor, michelle.delaney@nrc.no, +47 941 65 579
  • Alex Hilliard, CARE Yemen Policy, Communications and Information Coordinator, alexandra.hilliard@care.org, +447951727473
  • Sarah Grainger, Oxfam Senior Press Officer, sgrainger1@oxfam.org.uk, +44 781 018 1514.
    • Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organisation that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children and work with their communities before and after disaster strikes. We ensure that everyone can access clean water, food, training and healthcare. We enable people to provide for themselves and we constantly search for more effective solutions, while sharing our knowledge and expertise with the world. We push for long-term change. We will never give up. Until the world is free from hunger.
    • In 2018, Action Against Hunger helped more than 21 million people in nearly 50 countries around the world.
    • www.actionagainsthunger.org.uk
    • Follow us @acf_uknews   

    A quarter of all civilian casualties across Yemen in 2019 were recorded in Hodeidah governorate. Despite a ceasefire in the port city being at the heart of last year’s Stockholm Agreement, there have been 799 deaths in Hodeidah since the Agreement was signed, the highest toll nationwide.

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    COULD EATING MORE INSECTS HELP TACKLE WORLD HUNGER?

    Press releases   •   Nov 21, 2019 09:59 GMT

    Fine Wine Auction raises £350,000 for Action Against Hunger

    Press releases   •   Nov 04, 2019 13:01 GMT

    • The money raised can provide therapeutic nutrition to more than 8000 children facing life-threatening hunger

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