Jan 16, 2016

U.N. agency: Starving Syrian teen died 'in front of our eyes'

The U.N. children’s agency said Friday that it witnessed the death of a teenager who died of starvation “in front of our eyes,” as well as several cases of severe malnutrition among children trapped in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya near Damascus. Doctors ...

Aid convoys reach three Syria communities besieged for months

Jan 12, 2016

Aid convoys reach three Syria communities besieged for months

Aid convoys delivered long-awaited food, medicine and other supplies to three besieged communities Monday, part of a U.N.-supported operation to help tens of thousands of civilians cut off for months by the war in Syria. Reports of starvation and images of emaciated children have ...

Sep 21, 2015

No poverty, hunger in 15 years? U.N. sets sweeping new goals

A season of goal-setting begins this month as the United Nations launches a new 15-year plan to fight grinding world poverty, improve health and education and quell climate change. The Sustainable Development Goals are set for adoption by the 193 U.N. member states shortly ...

North Korea may lose half of its crops to drought: U.N.

Jun 19, 2015

North Korea may lose half of its crops to drought: U.N.

Production in North Korea’s main growing region is expected to be cut in half, the United Nations food agency says, leading to food shortages. U.N. representatives visited the country’s breadbasket in North Hwanghae and South Hwanghae provinces on June 10 and found that the ...

Debt and hunger at birthplace of Ebola in Guinea

Dec 23, 2014

Debt and hunger at birthplace of Ebola in Guinea

When 2-year-old Emile Ouamouno caught a fever, started vomiting, passed blood in his stool and died two days later, nobody knew why. Nor did anyone really ask. Life is unforgiving in this part of the world, and people often lose their children to cholera, ...