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Europeans waste 90 million tonnes of food each year

Source : Presstv / 09 Apr 2014

Millions of people around the world do not have enough food to eat while at the same time a colossal amount of edible food is simply being thrown out by millions of households across Europe.

The UN says, in Austria alone, 158,000 tonnes of perfectly good food is tossed in the bin each year and 90 million tonnes is discarded in Europe as a whole. 


U.N.: Number of needy Sudanese rose 40% last year

Source : AFP / 26 Mar 2014

The number of Sudanese in need of aid has risen 40 percent over the past year, boosted by worsening conflict in the country, a senior United Nations official said Tuesday.

John Ging, the U.N. director of humanitarian operations, said 6.1 million people need assistance in Sudan.


2.5 million Syrian kids to be vaccinated

Source : AA / 31 Dec 2013

2.5 million children up to 59 months of age are going to be vaccinated against polio in civil war-stricken Syria.

In an immunization campaign organized in collaboration with Turkish Red Crescent, Turkey-based Syrian opposition aid agency Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU), and the Turkish Ministry of Health, more than 200 doctors and 7,500 volunteers are going to be vaccinating 2.5 million Syrian kids up to 59 months of age against polio.


Hunger strikes 842 million people between 2011-2013

Source : World Bulletin / 15 Nov 2013

A total of 842 million people arround the globe were estimated to be suffering from hunger in the period between 2011 and 2013 according to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Arround one in eight people in the world were estimated to be suffering from chronic hunger and regularly not getting enough food to conduct an active life in 2011-2013 according to a report on the State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013 published by FAO.


United Nations: Half of Syrians living in poverty

Source : AFP / 26 Oct 2013

Syria’s war has destroyed livelihoods and collapsed the economy, leaving more than half the country’s population in poverty, according to a report commissioned by U.N. agencies this month.
Some 115,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since the war broke out in 2011, and the report warned that the economic devastation wrought by the conflict could be felt for years to come.

EU decision to lift Syrian oil sanctions boosts jihadist groups

Source : Julian Borger and Mona Mahmood / 20 May 2013

The EU decision to lift Syrian oil sanctions to aid the opposition has accelerated a scramble for control over wells and pipelines in rebel-held areas and helped consolidate the grip of jihadist groups over the country's key resources.


Typhoid breaks out in rebel-held eastern Syria: World Health Organization

By Reuters / 20 Feb 2013

Typhoid has broken out in an opposition-held region of Syria due to people drinking contaminated water from the Euphrates River, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

An estimated 2,500 people in northeastern Deir al-Zor province are infected with the contagious disease, which causes diarrhea and can be fatal, the United Nations agency said.


Water supplies in war-hit Syria cut by a third: U.N.

By AFP / 9 Feb 2013

Syrians living in areas affected by the nearly two-year conflict have seen their water supplies cut by one third, putting children at especially high risk of disease, the United Nations said on Friday.

The results of the first U.N. Fund for Children nationwide assessment of water and sanitation since hostilities began revealed that populations in contested areas have only 25 liters (5.5 gallons) of water a day, compared with 75 liters two years ago.


Humanitarian situation worsens in Mali

Source : Presstv / 1 Feb 2013

The humanitarian situation in Mali following the outbreak of the French war has worsened and forced thousands of people to flee their homes, Press TV reports.

Some 380,000 people are left without shelter as the French war entered its fourth week.


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