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April 28, 2002
A Reuters reporter recently asked Guatemalan farmer Luisa Vazquez how many children she had. "Three dead and four living," she answered. What killed them? The answer could be seen in the telltale swollen belly of the toddler clinging to her leg: easily preventable illnesses brought on by malnutrition. Vasquez's story is far from unique. Between last September and February, at least 126 malnourished Guatemalan children have died of common colds or because they were too weak to swallow.
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OPINION
April 28, 2002
A Reuters reporter recently asked Guatemalan farmer Luisa Vazquez how many children she had. "Three dead and four living," she answered. What killed them? The answer could be seen in the telltale swollen belly of the toddler clinging to her leg: easily preventable illnesses brought on by malnutrition. Vasquez's story is far from unique. Between last September and February, at least 126 malnourished Guatemalan children have died of common colds or because they were too weak to swallow.
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NEWS
September 21, 1988
The U.N. World Food Program announced it has exhausted its emergency food reserve for 1988 and appealed for contributions. Executive Director James Ingram called on the program's 104 participating nations to provide at least 300,000 tons of food the program needs before the end of the year. The U.N. agency allocates about 30% of its budget to buy food, which it stores for emergencies. The other 70% is spent on implementing development projects using food pledged and stored by donor countries.
NEWS
September 21, 1988
The U.N. World Food Program announced it has exhausted its emergency food reserve for 1988 and appealed for contributions. Executive Director James Ingram called on the program's 104 participating nations to provide at least 300,000 tons of food the program needs before the end of the year. The U.N. agency allocates about 30% of its budget to buy food, which it stores for emergencies. The other 70% is spent on implementing development projects using food pledged and stored by donor countries.
WORLD
July 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Attacks on aid convoys in Sudan's Darfur region are hampering the world's largest humanitarian operation, and about 170,000 people are out of reach of food aid because of the violence, the United Nations' World Food Program said. Nine food convoys have been ambushed by gunmen in the last two weeks, the WFP said in a statement. Darfur rebel groups have been battling the Sudanese government since 2003.
NEWS
August 17, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Saying Islam completely forbids women working, Afghanistan's hard-line Taliban regime shut down bakeries run by widows, who are among the country's poorest of the poor. The bakeries were started by the United Nations World Food Program and allowed widows to be paid salaries to make bread that was sold at a subsidized price to other widows. The order left 350 women without jobs, said Peter Goossens, country director for the WFP.
WORLD
August 7, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Somali pirates who have been holding 10 hostages on a ship chartered by the United Nations' World Food Program have agreed to release the vessel and crew. The pirates seized the Semlow on June 27 as it headed for the northern port of Bossaso carrying 850 tons of rice. They demanded a $500,000 ransom but later reduced that to demand the rice. Diplomats and local leaders held talks Friday in the city of Jawhar. The WFP said the hijackers had agreed to release the ship and rice in El Maan.
WORLD
July 5, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The United Nations World Food Program said it has suspended aid shipments to Somalia after gunmen hijacked a vessel it chartered and demanded a $500,000 ransom. The WFP provides an average of 3,000 tons of aid a month to 275,000 people in the country. It said it has only two weeks' worth of food inside Somalia. Militias captured the MV Semlow and its 10 crew members a week ago.
WORLD
April 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The United Nations' World Food Program said it would cut food rations by half for up to 3 million people in Sudan's Darfur region starting next month because attacks on its trucks had reduced stocks. The agency said 60 of its contracted trucks had been hijacked since the start of the year, with 39 still missing, 26 drivers unaccounted for and a driver killed last month. The U.N. program said trucks should be delivering nearly 2,000 tons of food daily to supply warehouses.
WORLD
December 2, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Zimbabwe signed an agreement with the U.N. to feed at least 3 million people after denying major food shortages. Ties with the United Nations' World Food Program had been strained since President Robert Mugabe's government told the agency and other international organizations to stop large-scale feeding programs last year. The memorandum was signed after weeks of discussions, WFP said. It sets out a framework under which distributions will take place through June.
WORLD
September 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
The United Nations World Food Program warned Wednesday that its emergency operations in Iraq, which feed about 3 million people, were at risk because donors have come up with only 44% of the necessary money. The Rome-based agency aims to provide 73,700 tons of food to 1.7 million primary school students, 220,000 malnourished children and their families, 350,000 pregnant and nursing women, and more than 6,000 tuberculosis patients this year.
NEWS
March 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Mozambique's sole military helicopter battled to pluck families from rising flood waters as the government announced that the death toll had increased to 52 in the second deluge to hit the country in a year. Men waded through waist-deep water to put their children aboard the helicopter hovering over the Zambezi River flood plain near Caia in central Mozambique.
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