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    (CNN)Trucks carrying food aid have entered Tigray in northern Ethiopia for the first time since mid-December, according to a tweet from the United Nations' World Food Program (WFP) on Friday. A convoy carrying more than 500 metric tons of food and nutrition supplies is expected to reach the regional capital Mekelle soon for "communities on edge of starvation," the tweet read. "20 WFP trucks have made it to our line of control& on their way to Mekelle," Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), said in a tweet Friday. Ethiopias Tigray region say committed to observing humanitarian ceasefire"This is one good step in the right direction; the bottom line, though, isn't about how many trucks are allowed but whether there is a system in place to ensure unfettered humanitarian access for the needy!" Reda continued.In November 2020, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered a military offensive in the northern Tigray region, promising that the conflict would be resolved quickly. Within a year, the fighting had left thousands dead, displaced more than 2 million people from their homes,...
    Photo by UNICEF / S. Andriananten According to the World Food Program, more than a million people in southern Madagascar are actively trying to escape the first famine caused by global climate change. about this Reports UN “In some areas, people can still grow something, but every year they have to deal with more and more difficulties. In other areas, nothing grows now, so people survive by eating locusts, fruits and cactus leaves. Cactus leaves were only used before. As food for livestock, people I have never eaten them, “said Alice Rahman, a spokeswoman for the World Food Program (WFP). “If all is left as it is, the number of hungry people will grow exponentially in the coming years. This applies not only to Madagascar, but to a large number of other countries and entire parts of the planet,” he said. The region has suffered heavy losses due to drought over the past few years. In the current weather conditions, the situation is complicated by the fact that even cactus is gradually dying of drought. To survive, people...
    The Coronavirus pandemic has not only spread death across the globe, but has imperiled food supplies. "Even before Covid-19 virus turned our world upside down, we were facing a perfect storm already," says the Executive Director of the World Food Program, former South Carolina Governor David Beasley. "Today we are not only dealing with a global health crisis but a hunger pandemic." US NOW AVERAGING 100,000 NEW COVID-19 INFECTIONS A DAY The WFP says Covid has pushed nearly 300 million people into a food crisis, and that 135 million people are on the brink of starvation.  The pandemic has prompted the agency to start its largest operation in its history. The duel threats of Covid and climate change have collided to create a food crisis in 23 hot spots. Most of the hardest-hit countries are in Africa, but nations closer to home, such as Haiti and others in Central America have been badly affected also. The war in Afghanistan continues to create an emergency there. "We protect the most vulnerable with safety nets," says Beasely. "The support of governments....allows the WFP...
    Cindy McCain said she would serve the Biden administration in 'any capacity' amid reports she'll be named US ambassador to the World Food Program.  'I would serve in any capacity if the president were to ask me to do so,' she told CNN on Tuesday night in an interview on Cuomo Prime Time. McCain, who endorsed Joe Biden over Donald Trump in the 2020 election, would be Biden's first Republican appointee to a Senate-confirmed position.  President Biden has not named many ambassadors, including to several top overseas positions such as the UK, France, Israel, China and Japan. Those positions are usually awarded to prominent supporters and donors of the president.   Cindy McCain said she would serve the Biden administration in 'any capacity' amid reports she'll be named US ambassador to the World Food Program White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that announcements will come 'soon.'  'We haven't named many ambassadors quite yet -- and we hope to soon; stay tuned,' she said in her press briefing. The World Food Program, based in Rome, works with U.S. policymakers,...
    Good morning, NBC News readers. The future of the remaining presidential debates is in disarray, Louisiana is bracing for another hurricane hit and there is a new Nobel Peace Prize winner. Here’s what we’re watching this Friday morning. Trump campaign keeps chugging along, showing no signs of acknowledging Covid reality As Covid-19 continues to rage through the White House, after sending President Donald Trump to the hospital last week and infecting nearly 30 people directly connected to him, the Trump re-election campaign shows no signs of acknowledging the reality of the deadly virus. At a campaign rally in a Phoenix suburb Thursday afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence spoke to a group of a few hundred mostly maskless supporters crowded together in an outdoor lot at TYR Tactical, a company that manufactures body armor equipment for police SWAT teams. Thanking them for their “outpouring of concern” for Trump’s health, Pence promised the crowd: “He’s going to be back on the road and in the fight before you know it.” On Thursday, Trump pulled out of the next presidential debate, saying he...
    OSLO -- The World Food Program on Friday won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the globe.The announcement was made in Oslo by Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Nobel Committee.The Nobel Committee said that the coronavirus pandemic has added to the hunger faced by millions of people around the world and called on governments to ensure that WFP and other aid organizations receive the financial support necessary to feed them.There was no shortage of causes or candidates on this year's list, with 211 individuals and 107 organizations nominated ahead of the Feb. 1 deadline.However, the Norwegian Nobel Committee maintains absolute secrecy about whom it favors for arguably the world's most prestigious prize.The award comes with a 10-milion krona ($1.1 million) cash prize and a gold medal to be handed out at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel's death. This year's ceremony will be scaled down due to the pandemic.On Monday, the Nobel Committee awarded the prize for physiology and medicine for...
    Honduran family benefited with food assistance from the World Food Program. Photo by @WFP_es The donation, the Vatican reported, was to show Pope Francis’ concern about the pandemic and its proximity to those most affected. He Pope Francisco donated 25 thousand euros to World Food Program (PMA) as a gesture to show its concern at the coronavirus pandemic and its proximity to those affected and those who work in essential services to help them, the Holy See reported in a statement. The initiative was carried out through the dicastery of the Integral Human Development Service and with the collaboration of the Permanent Representative of the Holy See to FAO, IFAD and WFP. The Vatican explains that this sum “wants to be an immediate expression of the Holy Father’s feeling of closeness with the people affected by the pandemic and with those who are engaged in essential services in favor of the poor and the weakest and most vulnerable people of our society ”. In addition, he points out that it is “a gesture of parental encouragement towards the humanitarian...
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