Top of the Morning: Food Aid Finally Reaches Blue Nile State; War on Hunger Marches On

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War on Hunger Still Marches On

We are beginning to see a lot more dialogue and rhetoric from major organizations as the deadline for the Millenium Development Goals draws near and the international community considers future directions. “National leadership and action are crucial and governments have the primary responsibility for assuring the food security of their citizens, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today told a high-level meeting on the UN’s vision for a post-2015 strategy against world hunger.” (FAO)

UN Food Aid Finally Enters Sudan’s Blue Nile State

After over a year of shamefully preventing humanitarian assistance from reaching an area populated by an ethnic group hostile to the regime in Khartoum, Sudanese authorities have finally relented. “The United Nations World Food Programme has started providing urgently-needed food assistance to the conflict-affected people in Blue Nile state. This is the first time that the agency has distributed food assistance since the conflict broke out in September 2011, forcing thousands to flee their homes, many of them crossing into neighbouring Ethiopia and South Sudan.” (WFP