Empty plates raise awareness of world hunger

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WFP MENA with the participating food bloggers and calligraphers, published posts of empty plates with beautiful art work by different calligraphers sending messages giving and caring. (WFP website)
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The WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. (WFP website)
Updated 08 February 2018

Empty plates raise awareness of world hunger

JEDDAH: “Food for thought,” a collaboration between the Saudi Arabian company Cheil and the UN World Food Program (WFP), is using Instagram to spread its message via social media.
The campaign aims to spread awareness of hunger problems in the MENA region and to support the WFP in building a world with zero hunger by 2030.
It provides a strikingly different fare from the usual Instagram images, for instead of mouth-watering photos of delicious dishes, the campaign features empty plates.
The campaign enlisted 22 calligraphers from four continents and 28 food bloggers to draw attention to the world’s biggest solvable problem, hunger.
Images of empty plates came with messages such as: “Whoever you feed today, might feed you tomorrow,” “A little for you is a lot for them,” and “Hunger is understood in all languages.”
Although humans produce enough food to feed everyone, hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined, according to WFP, affecting the lives of 815 million people worldwide.
Abrar Al-Ghamdi, who works for Cheil as a copywriter, told Arab News: “Instagram has become a food exhibition; people post so many photos of food every day, so we chose to launch the campaign on Instagram to remind people that hunger is still a global problem via engaging some the most-renowned regional food bloggers and their social media audiences.
“The feedback and responses the campaign received were more than our expectation; the posts were shared so many times. The WFP MENA number of followers doubled,” she added.
Eradicating hunger by 2030 is one of the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development to improve people’s lives.
The WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, and has many projects in the Middle East. It provides cash and delivers food to millions of people in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq, as well as helping Syrian refugees in neighboring countries rebuild their lives.

Turkey and US strongly deny sharing 'any audio recording'

Updated 19 October 2018

Turkey and US strongly deny sharing 'any audio recording'

  • Secretary of State says report he had listened to a recording of Jamal Khashoggi’s death was false
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also denied sharing any audio recordings with US officials

LONDON: Turkey and the United States denied on Friday that Ankara had shared with Washington an audio recording related to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said an ABC News report, citing an unnamed source, that he had listened to a recording of Khashoggi’s death while in Istanbul on Wednesday was false. 

Pompeo, who also visited Saudi Arabia this week, said he had neither seen nor heard such a recording.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also denied sharing any audio recordings with US officials.

“It is out of the question for Turkey to give Pompeo or any other US official any audio recording,” Cavusoglu said during a visit to Tirana, Albania. “It is out of the question for us to share with any country this or that information.”

“Of course, as a result of the investigation so far, Turkey does have some information and evidence," he said. "We will share them with the world when they become fully clear because the whole world, understandably, wants to know what happened to Khashoggi and how it happened.”

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to complete paperwork related to his divorce. 

Saudi Arabia and Turkey are carrying out a joint investigation into the disappearance.

On Thursday, Turkey called on the public to ignore any information claiming to be leaked from the case.

Since Khashoggi’s disappearance there has been a flurry of stories claiming to be based on leaks from the probe.

Pompeo said on Thursday they had given Saudi Arabia more time to complete the investigation to make sure they have a complete understanding of the facts.