Three Hunger Emergencies
WFP is currently facing three large-scale emergencies at the same time. We’re on the ground providing assistance in the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Syria. People in each of these countries urgently need food. Find out more below and consider making a donation today.
Central African Republic
The Central African Republic (CAR) faces a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. As well as the violence which has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the country's economy has almost collapsed. The majority of the Muslim trading community has fled, with the result that existing food-supply systems no longer work.
Inside CAR, people have settled in impromptu camps, many near the capital Bangui but also in rural northern areas. But thousands of families, still fearing violence, have fled over the borders into neighbouring countries. The rainy season, which has just started, will complicate relief efforts by making some roads unusable.
Despite ongoing insecurity, WFP distributed food to some 215,000 people inside CAR in April. Together with our sisteragency FAO, we are distributing seeds, tools and food to people who are still able to cultivate land and grow food. All across CAR, we aim to reach more than a million people in 2014.
WFP and partners have already provided food for more than 750,000 people displaced by the recent violence in South Sudan. But given the worsening humanitarian situation, we are aiming to assist 3.2 million people through the end of the year.
Because of disruption to trade routes and food markets, people are finding it hard to get enough food even in parts of South Sudan not directly affected by fighting. The conflict has done so much damage that hunger is likely to increase in coming months and many people will need food assistance for months – or longer – as they attempt to rebuild their lives. The latest surveys show that in several counties of the northern Unity State, up to three quarters of the population currently face severe hunger.
Of course, the fighting also severely complicates the efforts of aid agencies to provide relief. WFP has urged all parties to the conflict to allow aid agencies better access to deliver humanitarian assistance.
Syrians have now been living with civil war for over three years and assessments show that almost half the population inside Syria is having trouble getting enough food. WFP is concerned about the growing risk of malnutrition among people living in hard-to-reach areas of the country. We are also concerned about the impact of a looming drought in the northwest of Syria. This could have a major impact on the next cereal harvest.
WFP plans to reach over 7 million Syrians with food assistance in 2014 - over 4 million inside Syria and nearly 3 million refugees in neighbouring countries. In Syria, we are distributing rations of flour, oil, pulses and some canned food.
Meanwhile, outside Syria WFP is assisting refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey, mostly by distributing food vouchers. We are also providing nutritious snacks for refugees in school. The operation is WFP’s largest and most complex emergency worldwide.