“Hunger is a weapon of war!”

“Hunger is a weapon of war!”

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  • Chronic conflict
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World Food Programme (WFP) awarded 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

October 12, 2020

"Where there's starvation there's conflict, destabilization and migration.” - David Beasley WFP CEO

Hunger and starvation are not stand alone issues. They are often a part of complex situations that have devastating consequences. Beyond the global aid community the most vulnerable are often unseen and suffer silently. This is why awarding the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Programme (WFP) is so significant.

The Nobel Peace Prize committee hopes to, “Turn the eyes of the world to the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger”. This also is our hope.

Those suffering from war, violence, displacement and hunger often live in the world’s most dangerous and unstable places. This only heightens their vulnerability and access to food is a critical need often used as a weapon of war.

For 70 years World Vision has existed to help vulnerable children and families. We are proud to be the WFP's leading implementing partner in over 27 countries.

South Sudan, 2019. World Vision and WFP work together in distributing 245 tons of emergency food to flood survivors.

Eugene Combo

The fight against ‘hunger as a weapon of war,’ is all of ours.

It is not the sole responsibility of the UN, WFP or aid organisations. We must all recognise our ability to give to and or advocate for, the most vulnerable children and people.

What does that look like in 2020?

It looks like using your voice and phone! Being intentional, following some new social media accounts to stay informed and giving when you can. When funding and impact is so heavily dependant on governments and global powers taking united action, they need to know you care.

And... there has never been an easier time in history to show that you do.

Sharing on social media, emailing representatives, global petitions. These are all effective ways to raise awareness and be a part of the growing global chorus, calling for an end to unnecessary human suffering and for governments to take action. Ensuring an end to hunger as a weapon of war.

World Vision in partnership with WFP, preparing and distributing food to 500 families arriving in the Baradarsh Camp, Iraq. The families are fleeing escalating violence in North-Eastern Syria. Leaving everything behind and arriving with barely the essentials.

Rebekah Price

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Chronic conflict

Chronic conflict

Chronic conflict

When deep-seated tensions over land, culture, and leadership boil over into war, conflict can last years or decades –– and its effects often last much longer in impoverished areas.

Innocent children are caught in the crossfire. “Many people in our neighbourhood lost people,” said Dalal, 17, who lost her hand when a bomb fell on their street in Mosul, Iraq. “Most kids are still very afraid and don’t want to go outside.”

  • Armed groups can often treat citizens like hostages when they occupy cities. Families face the decision to continue living in a warzone or risk being killed for fleeing.
  • A long-lasting war destroys water supplies, energy sources, and buildings that were once called home. Meeting basic needs like shelter and food becomes uncertain.
  • 70.8 million individuals have been forcibly displaced worldwide because of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations

Once forced to kill, former child solider Dieudonné is building his new life. Refugees, Issra and Kussai hope for peace in Syria so they can go home. Take 2mins to travel with our reporter Helene as she meets these resilient children defying all odds in the face of chronic conflict.