Abduction of Action Against Hunger staff member in Nigeria

News   •   Jul 25, 2019 04:29 BST

Update July 25, 2019

A video released on the evening of Wednesday, July 24 shows a female Action Against Hunger staff member alongside five companions (drivers and health workers engaged in a humanitarian programme run by Action Against Hunger in Damasak region, Borno State) apparently in a good condition of health.

Action Against Hunger strongly requests that our staff member and her companions are released.

They are humanitarians and health workers and they chose to dedicate their lives to support the most vulnerable communities in Nigeria. They were only in pursuit of solidarity, humanity and neutrality.

Their abduction fully contradicts International Humanitarian Law and internationally recognised standards for the protection of humanitarian workers and organisations.

All Action Against Hunger teams and staff express their full support and comfort to our colleague and to her companions who are being detained, as well as to their families and friends.

Notice to the media:

Action Against Hunger will not make any comment or give any feedback to media queries related to this subject except through formal and written statements.

Action Against Hunger acknowledges the media for their understanding in the treatment of this difficult situation. 

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ACTION AGAINST HUNGER HOPING FOR RECORD SUPPORT FOR THIS YEAR’S ‘LOVE FOOD GIVE FOOD’ CAMPAIGN

Press releases   •   Jul 23, 2019 11:01 BST

Action Against Hunger hoping for record support for this year's Love Food Give Food campaign.

Statement on the aid convoy incident in Borno State, Nigeria

News   •   Jul 19, 2019 14:38 BST

On Thursday 18 July, 2019, a convoy of vehicles was attacked on the road to Damasak, Borno state, Nigeria.

One of the drivers was killed, while one Action Against Hunger staff member, two of the drivers and three health workers are missing.

We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident as these are colleagues dedicated to providing life-saving assistance to individuals and families affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the north east of Nigeria. We are very concerned and want to ensure that they are safe and can be reunited with their families.

Action Against Hunger strives to ensure that millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance in north east Nigeria receive the essential services required for their survival, especially women and children.

We express our deepest condolences to the family of our driver and we extend our support to the family of our missing colleagues as well as others affected by this tragic incident.

We appeal to the media and the public to desist from circulating unverified information about the above incident.

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STATEMENT: RESPONSE TO 2019 UN FOOD SECURITY REPORT

Press releases   •   Jul 15, 2019 15:46 BST

For the fourth consecutive year, global food insecurity has increased. This is according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, the UN's flagship report jointly prepared by FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO.  


Responding to the report's findings, Jean-Michel Grand, Executive Director of Action Against Hunger UK said:

“The fact that food insecurity has risen for a fourth consecutive year should set alarm bells ringing. It is a clear signal that more investment is needed and that hunger must be prioritised.

“If we are serious about tackling hunger we need a more integrated approach that tackles its underlying causes. Progress won’t be made if we don’t address the causes of conflict, the continuing inequality for women and girls, and weak health systems. We also need better data. The figures in this report are alarming, but the true scale of acute-malnutrition is probably much higher than what has been reported.

“I hope this report will act as a wake-up call to governments. Unless we have a sea-change in our thinking on how we tackle hunger, the situation will continue to get worse”

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Anthony Gale on a.gale@actionagainsthunger.org.uk or +447534903812


Notes to editors


  • 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.
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For the fourth consecutive year, global food insecurity has increased. This is according to ​The 2019 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, the UN's flagship report jointly prepared by FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO.

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Action Against Hunger calls on the U.N. to implement Resolution 2417 and help break the deadly link between conflict and hunger

Press releases   •   May 31, 2019 09:27 BST

The eight most serious hunger crises in the world are in conflict-affected countries.

WARRINGTON MUSIC FESTIVAL PLEDGES TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ACTION AGAINST HUNGER

Press releases   •   May 03, 2019 10:05 BST

Warrington Music Festival is supporting the MealTickets live music fundraising campaign for international humanitarian charity Action Against Hunger.

ALMOST 11 MILLION PEOPLE TO FACE HUNGER CRISIS IN THE SAHEL IN 2019

Press releases   •   May 03, 2019 07:00 BST

• Although the Autumn rains were better than those of former years, a lack of resilience to poor previous harvests, coupled with violence in the border areas of Niger-Mali-Burkina Faso, Lake Chad and Mauritania- Senegal, will exacerbate the 2019 hunger season. • One in five people needing humanitarian assistance globally live in the Sahel, yet this area receives only 12% of the world's aid.

​NEW GUIDELINES TO ENHANCE FOOD INSECURITY AND MALNUTRITION ANALYSIS INCLUDING IN AREAS WITH NO HUMANITARIAN ACCESS

News   •   Apr 25, 2019 06:00 BST

‘Famine Likely’: new classification to boost warning

​VIOLENCE DISPLACES MORE THAN 87,000 IN MALI IN JUST THREE MONTHS

Press releases   •   Apr 09, 2019 11:56 BST

Humanitarian agencies in northern and central Mali are ringing the alarm bell about their ability to respond to such a rapidly growing humanitarian crisis.

TWO THIRDS OF PEOPLE WITH ACUTE HUNGER LIVE IN 21 COUNTRIES IN CONFLICT: NEW HUNGER FIGURES EVIDENCE THE LINKS BETWEEN WAR AND HUNGER

News   •   Apr 02, 2019 09:00 BST

• Yemen, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Syria, Nigeria and South Sudan and Sudan were among the eight countries that represent two-thirds - or 72 million people - who faced acute food insecurity last year, according to the Food Security Information Network’s (FSIN) 2019 Global Report on Food Crises.

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