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Boko Haram causing a hunger crisis

Boko Haram violence has displaced thousands in northeast Nigeria. It has also spilled over into other countries, causing a hunger crisis in Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is trying to provide aid for thousands displaced by the terrorist group. The Far North Region of Cameroon, for example, is having to take in many conflict victims. Yet this region is one of the poorest in the world. The host communities need assistance themselves.

These affected areas of West Africa are also in the lean season, when food supplies are already low. Malnutrition rates are high.

WFP says the situation is urgent. Denise Brown, the WFP director for West Africa explains,

Women displaced by conflict have lost their husbands, walked for days to safety and rely on the support of already vulnerable communities. The lean season is upon us, and as local granaries are emptying, women tell of their families going hungry.”

Tragically, WFP is not able to provide food aid to all the victims due to funding shortages. Less than half of the people WFP planned to feed have received the food. Others have received reduced rations.

WFP requires around $ US 74.8 million to reach the hungry. The plan is to feed around 395,900 persons affected by the violence.

WFP is urging the international community to step up support for the emergency mission. The UN food agency relies entirely on voluntary donations.

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China to use internet to help WFP fight Ebola

Technology can be a vital tool in the fight against the Ebola virus. The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) is launching an online fundraiser with Tencent, a major internet company.

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Ebola and famine threaten West Africa

The United Nations put out a warning today about the Ebola affected countries of West Africa.

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Ebola fighter once received aid herself

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West Africa’s other deadly enemy

Last week over 1,000 children in Sierra Leone were sent for treatment following a screening. Around 662 of them were found to be in a severe condition. Without treatment their lives would be in danger.

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UN food director says world must unite to help Ebola victims

The head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, just returned from Sierra Leone, one of the Ebola affected countries. The deadly virus has claimed 5,000 lives and there have been over 13,000 cases reported.

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SuperCereal deployed to help Ebola mission

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) just announced its largest single donation to help fight the Ebola virus. More than US $ 30 million was received from Germany to support feeding over one million people in West Africa.

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