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The number of people in need of help in Georgia is rising by the hour.

Humanitarian Crisis Emerging from Fighting between Russia and Georgia

The world is witnessing a shocking struggle as Russia battles its neighbor, Georgia. With this conflict comes also the ancient enemy of hunger. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reports it is providing food to over 2,000 people displaced by the fighting in the region of South Ossetia.

As long as the fighting continues, there will be more displaced people in need of food and shelter. According to Lola Castro of the World Food Programme, “The number of people in need of our help is rising by the hour.” The difficulty in reaching those displaced is also becoming greater. WFP reports that Russian air raids are limiting access to many people in need.

The WFP is supplying its relief effort from food stocks it already had in Georgia. High-energy biscuits are used in this type of crisis situation, as they require no cooking preparation.

Since 1993, WFP has been helping poor communities throughout Georgia with food assistance. WFP notes that 39 percent of the Georgian population lives below the poverty line.

WFP activities in the country include a Food for Work project aimed at helping farmers increase their production. School feeding initiatives relieve children of hunger while allowing them to get an education. There are also programs to assist Chechen refugees in the country. As with everything else, these programs are at risk with the ongoing conflict.

The international community has to ensure that WFP has enough food to meet the existing emergency, but WFP cannot also have a pipeline break for its regular food programs in Georgia. When the fighting does stop, there is going to be a difficult recovery process for many people in the affected areas. Hunger is not going to cease its attack when the guns stop firing.

It will be critical to meet food requirements for Georgians both during and after the conflict. To help, please visit the United Nations World Food Programme web site. You can also visit the Friends of the World Food Programme for more information about donating to WFP’s activities.

About William Lambers

William Lambers is the author of several books including Ending World Hunger: School Lunches for Kids Around the World. This book features over 50 interviews with officials from the UN World Food Programme and other charities discussing school feeding programs that fight child hunger. He is also the author of Nuclear Weapons, The Road to Peace: From the Disarming of the Great Lakes to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Open Skies for Peace, The Spirit of the Marshall Plan: Taking Action Against World Hunger, School Lunches for Kids Around the World, The Roadmap to End Global Hunger, From War to Peace and the Battle of Britain. He is also a writer for the History News Service. His articles have been published by newspapers including the Cincinnati Enquirer, Des Moines Register, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Buffalo News, San Diego Union Tribune, the Providence Journal, Free Lance-Star (VA), the Bakersfield Californian, the Washington Post, Miami Herald (FL), Chicago Sun-Times, the Patriot Ledger (MA), Charleston Sunday Gazette Mail (WV), the Cincinnati Post, Salt Lake Tribune (UT), North Adams Transcript (MA), Wichita Eagle (KS), Monterey Herald (CA), Athens Banner-Herald (GA) and the Duluth News Journal. His articles also appear on History News Network (HNN) and Think Africa Press. Mr. Lambers is a graduate of the College of Mount St. Joseph in Ohio with degrees in Liberal Arts (BA) and Organizational Leadership (MS). He is also a member of the Feeding America Blogger Council.

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