Millions face hunger as Myanmar crisis worsens, United Nations says

Members of the armed forces stand guard during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar March 27, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Food insecurity is rising sharply in Myanmar in the wake of the military coup and deepening financial crisis with millions more people expected to go hungry in coming months, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Up to 3.4 million more people will struggle to afford food in the next three to six months with urban areas worst affected as job losses mount in manufacturing, construction and services and food prices rise, a World Food Program (WFP) analysis shows.

“More and more poor people have lost their jobs and are unable to afford food,” country director Stephen Anderson said in a statement.

“A concerted response is required now to alleviate immediate suffering, and to prevent an alarming deterioration in food security.”

The WFP said market prices of rice and cooking

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Three friends take cooking lessons

“The Food Club,” a comedy featuring seniors, is screening virtually at the M.V. Film Society this week. Directed by Barbara Topsøle-Rothenborg, it describes the misadventures of three Danish women of a certain age at a cooking school in Puglia, Italy. Much like “Under the Tuscan Sun” or “Made in Italy,” it takes the viewers to scenically beautiful Italy, this time with Maria (Karoline Hamm), Berling (Stina Ekblad), and Vanja (Kirsten Lebfelot). All three are well-known Danish actresses.

The three friends, all pushing 70, have gathered after Maria discovers her husband Henrik is having an affair with a younger woman and after 44 years of marriage, is ready to dump her. Maria’s sons have given their parents a Christmas gift certificate to attend an Italian cooking school, and with Henrik no longer in the picture, the three friends decide to take advantage of it. Each of the three has a different

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