Holding onto hope amidst multiple humanitarian crises

The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship 'Razoni' is the first Ukraine grain ship to sail (from Istanbul, in this picture) under a wartime deal, her passage the result of months of negotiations between Russia, Türkiye, Ukraine and the United Nations in efforts to mitigate the global supply chain disruptions that are driving up food prices and pushing people into famine conditions. — AP

WHEN the merchant vessel Razoni sailed from Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa earlier in August 2022 with more than 26,000 tonnes of corn for global markets, she was rightly the subject of intense attention.

Her passage was the result of months of negotiations between Russia, Türkiye, Ukraine and the United Nations, including UN humanitarian staff, logisticians and legal experts. For the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine six months earlier, sea exports of Ukrainian crops were to resume, giving much-needed hope to millions of people beaten down by rising food prices and declining supplies that are pushing many into hunger and even famine conditions.

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