One in six countries is facing food shortage
Here is a brief summary of famine cases from news report all over the world.
30, 2005 - UN scientists say that severe draughts in Africa, central
America and south-east Asia in the past year are part of an emerging pattern
that could result in food shortages in one out of every six countries in
the world this year.
Special Report: Famine
Famine Stalks Africa
Nov. 27, 2002 - Droughts and other conditions threaten some 30 million Africans with famine in the coming months. The worst areas are the Horn of Africa, South Africa, and the Sahel region of West Africa. Other factors are at work, including: armed conflict, corruption and the mismanagement of food supplies, environmental degradation, trade policies that harm African agriculture and the long-term economic effects of Aids.
Famine: In Depth - BBC
Faces Famine Oct. 11, 2002 - Zimbabwe will face "major famine"
if government bureaucracy there continues to block food imports. An estimated
6.7 million Zimbabweans, slightly more than half the nation's population,
are in danger of going hungry this year, according to the World Food Program.
July 30, 2002 - Millions of Zimbabwe citizens are affected by famine in Zimbabwe, caused by drought. On the black market, a bag of maize meal sells for 1000 Zimbabwe dollars (about $20 US dollars).
Mar. 29, 2001 - Up to 3,000,000 Sudanese are at risk if the U.N. can not raise the $135 million they need to provide food there. Donor countries have lost interest in helping because the civil war there has gone on so long. Drought has also contributed to the problem. Food warehouses are empty, and large-scale deaths are expected by July.
will be a ''tough year'' for the world's hungry, UN food agency warns
Jan. 9, 2001 - At present there are about 830 million people worldwide who go hungry as a result of conflict, natural disaster or extreme poverty. A U.N. official said that
the world's poorest nations are often hit simultaneously by both natural and man-made emergencies, as has been the case in the Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Tajikistan.
Source: WeekEnd News - from U.N.
For The World's Children
First of a three-part series on the horrors of neglected children in our world. There are 100 million homeless children, starving, stealing, selling drugs, or prostituting themselves to survive. They are victims of poverty, war, natural disaster, and disease. Children suffer most from the world's problems. Christians strive to help world's children
May, 2000 - BBC Current News site about the famine in the Horn of Africa which threatens starvation for more than eight million people.
introspection as India's billionth citizen is born
May 12, 2000 - A baby girl, named Astha, which is Hindi for "faith", became India's 1 billionth person on Thursday. The government projects that if India continues at its current rate of adding 15.5 million people a year, it could overtake China to become the world's most populous country by 2045.
of people near starvation in Ethiopia
Apr. 19, 2000 - Update on the previous story about famine in Ethiopia, the lack of supplies to aid the starving, and the difficulty of getting the food to the right people.
Source: Religion News Today
warns of new Horn famine
Mar. 31, 2000 - Drought in the Horn of Africa threatens to cause a repeat of the mid-1980s famine that left nearly one million people dead. More than 12 million people in seven African nations may be affected, and one million could die if relief agencies are not able to get sufficient supplies to the affected areas in Ethiopia and adjacent countries.
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Dec. 17, 1999 - An interesting and informative series from BBC's award winning world affairs editor, John Simpson, on threats to the Earth's well-being. NOTE: The author's description of some of these "horsemen" is different from our interpretation of the first four seals of Revelation 6. First Horseman - Environmental Disaster, Second Horseman - War , Third Horseman - Organized Crime, Forth Horesman - Disease
Nov. 19, 1999 - According to a World Bank report about India, " half of all children under four are malnourished, it says, and 60% of women are anaemic." Source: BBC
North Koreans starved to death'
Aug. 30, 1999 - Isolated because of its threats of war, and ravaged by floods, North Korea is unable to feed its people. A Buddhist assistance agency has estimated that three and a half million people have starved to death there since 1995, and the rest of the population is undernourished and sickly. Some think North Korea would be willing to halt its military missile development in exchange for food. Source:BBC News
Million Hungry In Africa
Aug. 10, 1999 - According to The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, nearly 10 million people in sub-Sahara Africa need emergency food. One million people in Somalia alone face food shortages, and 400,000 of them are at risk of starvation.
The Rome-based agency lists 16 nations, most in the east of Africa, as "facing exceptional food emergencies" blamed on population displacement, civil conflicts, weather, poor harvests and localized food deficits.
Source: Virtual News
Water Shortages Threaten Food Supplies, Regional Peace
July 17, 1999 - A new book from the Worldwatch Institute shows that spreading water shortages threaten to reduce the global food supply by more than 10 percent. Left unaddressed, these shortages could lead to hunger, civil unrest, and even wars over water.
Today, irrigation problems are widespread in the grain-growing regions of central and northern China, northwest and southern India, parts of Pakistan, much of the western United States, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Arabian Peninsula. Water tables are dropping steadily in several major food-producing regions as groundwater is pumped faster than nature replenishes it. The world's farmers are racking up an annual water deficit of some 160 billion cubic meters-the amount used to produce nearly 10 percent of the world's grain. The overpumping of groundwater cannot continue indefinitely.
From Sandra Postel's, Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last?
Cross predicts climatic super disasters
June 23, 1999 - Changing weather and population pressures brought the worst weather year on record, with 60,000 disaster-related deaths. It is thought that tlhe situation will continue to worsen. Source: Yahoo - International Disasters Report 1999 - Red Cross and Red Crescent
See also: The Misery of '98- BBC News
Related paper: 21st century disaster response: the new complex emergencies
Korea 'loses 3 million to famine'
Feb. 17, 1999 - A survey, from North Korea's news agency Yonhap, indicates that their population fell by between 2.5 million and 3 million people from 1995 to March 1998. This means that droughts and floods have left the country in a far worse situation than previously believed. Source BBC News
Even In America
Nov. 25, 1998 - According to this Religion Today report, Bread for the World says one of every eight American families is on the edge of hunger this Thanksgiving. This is due, in part, to Congressional cut-backs on help for the poor. ...The demand for emergency food assistance increased by 26% in the first half of 1998, Catholic Charities said. About 40% of those seeking food aid in 1997 were members of families in which at least one person was working. The wealthiest 1% of U.S. citizens had more money than the bottom 90% combined in 1996, the Internal Revenue Service says.
Cry, The Divided Country
World Vision Policy Paper on Sudan
of Fresh Water Predicted
Aug. 27, 1998 - In an AP article by Donna Abu-Nasr, the next generation will bring severe shortages of good water to as much as 1/3 of the world's population, and will probably lead to wars for water rights. To reduce demand for drinking water in the future, the report from The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health recommended that countries conserve water, pollute less, manage supply and demand of water better and slow population growth.
Now, nearly half a billion people don't have enough drinking water. That number is expected to increase to 2.8 billion people by 2025 - or 35 percent of the world's projected 8 billion people, the report said. Today, 31 countries, mostly in Africa and the Near East, are facing water stress or water scarcity. By 2025, population pressure will push another 17 countries, including India, onto the list. China, with a projected 2025 population of 1.5 billion, will not be far behind, said the report.
Source: Yahoo (Story no longer on line)
Famine Gets Worse
July 31, 1998 - CNN reports on the sad plight of Sudanese refugees who, in spite of world aid efforts, are dying from malnutrition. Food delivered to Sudan is not easilly distributed because of the breakdown of roads and transportation during the past 15 years of civil war. The problem is compounded now because of the rains which threaten to spread disease and unsanitary conditions. A news report from Sudan.Net claims that 200 people per day are dying at present, and that 1.2 million people are at risk. See the related article about persecution of Christians in Sudan.
North Korea - UN Aid is helping the approximately one-third of the population of North Korea which is suffering from severe famine. A meager harvest, flooding, drought and years of communist mismanagement, combined with the loss of Soviet aid have all contributed to this country's food crisis. (Source: MSNBC - Story no longer on line.)
Sudan - War between the Muslim government and the struggling Christians has resulted in severe food shortages threatening the lives of 350,000 people. This number is expected to rise to 1.6 million by August 1999 when there may be an adequate harvest if fighting does not continue. 1.3 million people have already died from fighting and famine. (Source: CNN- Story no longer on line.)
Ethiopia - Drought and a poor harvest have left 800,000 people in need of famine relief in Ethiopia. (Source: CNN - Story no longer on line.)
The Philippines - 300,000 families are hungry because of severe drought. 36 people have died recently from eating poisonous wild yams. (Source: Weekend News Today - Story no longer on line.)
Iraq - The infant mortality rate has risen to 6500 per month in Iraq because of the shortages of food and especially of medical supplies. (Source: CNN - Story no longer on line.)
Famine in North Korea
Mar. 13, 1998 - Despite severe rationing, it is feared that the country will run out of grain by mid-March. Three million have died of starvation according to reports, and another three million are at risk. (Source: Yahoo - Reuters - Story no longer on line.)