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Emergencies
9 June 2009

Millions of people in the Horn of Africa face a deadly mix of persistent drought, poor seasonal rains, conflict and stubbornly high food costs. At the same time, the global financial crisis is threatening to exacerbate levels of hunger and desperation across the region.

Emergencies
27 May 2009

WFP is to set up a field office in the central Somali town of Beletweyne to stream food assistance to over a million people facing hunger caused by drought, conflict and hyperinflation in the region.


12 May 2009

Following the killings of two WFP staff in southern Somalia earlier this year, WFP continues to seek security commitments from local administrations and armed groups in order to ensure that staff are not targeted. Meanwhile, food distributions continue: WFP reached 2.3 million people in Somalia in April.

Emergencies
15 April 2009

Even though the Maersk Alabama incident is over, two other incidents have underlined the continuing danger to WFP's shipments in the seas off the Horn of Africa.

Emergencies
14 April 2009

The high-profile hijacking of US ship Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates has thrown a spotlight onto the fragile food lifeline supporting WFP’s operations to feed millions of hungry people in the Horn of Africa.

Logistics
24 March 2009

With growing challenges hampering humanitarian operations in Somalia, WFP continues to find innovative ways to achieve its goals


9 December 2008

EL-BERDE, Somalia, 9 December 2008 - With only a few livestock left alive and her one-year-old malnourished twins growing weaker by the day, Mumina Bile Abdi trekked 50 kilometres from her village in Godgod to El-Berde to receive food from WFP in this town on Somalia’s border with Ethiopia.


10 November 2008

Rome, 10 November 2008 - The Netherlands and NATO are providing naval escorts to protect WFP ships carrying life-saving assistance from pirate attacks off Somalia. More than 2 million Somalis could go hungry without this protection.


23 October 2008

WFP has welcomed the return of a Royal Netherlands Navy frigate to provide escorts for ships carrying critically needed food into Somalia and thanked the Canadian navy for providing an escort frigate since August.