Nepal's poor suffer as strikes hit food security - WFP

Published on 24 June 2009

Strike action in Nepal is severely affecting the poor's ability to feed themselves, forcing many to skip meals and scavenge for food or borrow money and sell off assets to survive, the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said on Wednesday. (..) Richard Ragan, head of WFP in Nepal, said the strikes - which are often politically motivated - meant that roads were blocked, food was not being transported and people were not able to work, losing essential income and unable to buy provisions. "The immediate impact of the bandhs is on the poor people in the country," Ragan told AlertNet by telephone.

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