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10 January 2014

African leaders met in Chad on Thursday to discuss the future of Central African Republic (CAR). The summit was called by Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno and will bring together the 10 countries that make up the Economic Community of Central African States. (..) Gregory Barrow of the World Food Programme comments.


10 January 2014

The UN World Food Programme in West Africa says the "entire humanitarian community" is working together to deliver aid to displaced persons in the Central African Republic, who have sought refuge at Bangui international airport. (..)"It is ongoing and we absolutely need to reach all people at that (Bangui) airport. At the same time, our distributions to the entire displaced community in Bangui continue, to all groups of people who are in need of assistance." Denise Brown, regional director of WFP West Africa, said.


10 January 2014

At the airport, the United Nations World Food Programme was finally able to pass out food for the first time in four weeks.


9 January 2014

Aid workers in the Central African Republic finally delivered supplies on Tuesday to more than 100,000 people who have sought refuge at the airport outside the capital to escape religious violence that has gripped the country. (..) The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) gave mosquito nets, mattresses, blankets and soap while the U.N. World Food Programme gave rice, oil, sugar.


9 January 2014

The World Food Program is based in Rome. Its executive director is Ertharin Cousin, an American with many years of experience in food issues in the nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors. “When we created this category of level three emergencies, which the U.N. and the nonprofit community work together globally to ensure that we meet the needs of those who are impacted by the most serious emergencies, we all said, what would we do if we had three of them? And now we have four,” said Cousin.


7 January 2014

U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the council Monday that about 2.2 million people throughout Central African Republic need assistance, about half the total population.


7 January 2014

As the violence in the Central African Republic reaches unprecedented levels, aid organizations say the number of internally displaced people edges toward a million, further hampering humanitarian relief efforts. "This is the largest evacuation effort we have seen since the war in Libya in 2011," said Dr. Qasim Sufi, the IOM chief of mission who's in charge of receiving Chadians arriving from the CAR. (..)The UNHCR estimates that this mission could cost $152.2 million.


2 January 2014

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says it urgently needs donations to feed the hungry in the Central African Republic (CAR). The WFP is aiming to deliver food aid to up to 1.25 million people over the next eight months. But the aid organisation warns that without more donations it will not have enough food to help everyone it wants to reach in January.


23 December 2013

The World Food Programme flew an emergency shipment of food and supplies to Bangui on Thursday evening, after temporarily halting flights because of violence in the capital. With more than 700,000 people displaced by the fighting in Central African Republic, WFP has warned of an impending food crisis. It said on Friday it was preparing to feed more than a million people there next year.


23 December 2013

Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the World Food Programme, said aid agencies were facing a "massive logistical challenge". "Operations in some places are dangerous for our personnel," she said, underlining the risks as the UN food agency seeks to expand deliveries to reach a million people next year, up from the current target of 500,000.