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28 January 2010

International aid officials said that the ongoing relief effort in Haiti is moving ahead but faces significant challenges. “This is the most massive urban calamity we have faced in our history and perhaps the most complex,” said Josette Sheeran, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme.


28 January 2010

Amid the opulence of Davos, it was difficult for Josette Sheeran to talk about a country in such desperate need of cash and tents just to survive. In a town where it is hard go a day without an invitation to a grand meal during the World Economic Forum, the executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP) told how it is "every step a nightmare" in Haiti where bodies are still being collected more than two weeks after the devastating earthquake. "It is the most complicated catastrophe we have ever been confronted" with, she told a special meeting on the quake held for the 2,500 executives, politicians and academics at the glitzy Davos forum.


28 January 2010

Whether locked up in warehouses or stolen by thugs from people's hands, food from the world's aid agencies still isn't getting to enough hungry Haitians, leaving the strongest and fittest with the most. (..) On food aid, the U.N. World Food Program (WFP), which says it has reached 450,000 people, urgently appealed to governments for more cash for Haiti supplies -- $800 million to feed 2 million people through December, more than quadruple the $196 million already pledged.


27 January 2010

Haiti's main airport looks like a war zone, but the troops encamped beside the runway in Port-au-Prince are there to save lives, not to take them. (..) The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) began distributing high-energy biscuits to hungry Haitians within the first 24 hours after the earthquake and has not let up. The makeshift WFP compound in Port-au-Prince is littered with pup tents -- the closest thing to housing that most aid workers have had since the earthquake.


27 January 2010

While teams from around the globe came in to rescue those buried in the rubble, so, too, did surgeons and paramedics, performing procedures in open fields and makeshift clinics under tents. (..) The UN and other groups are also increasing food distribution by the day. The United Nations World Food Program provided 2 million meals this past Friday, representing about two-thirds of all of those hurt or displaced by the earthquake, up from 1.2 million the day before.


26 January 2010

The UN World Food Program (WFP) has prioritized women in Haiti food aid distribution to ensure that the most vulnerable get access to aid, the WFP executive director told a news conference on Tuesday. (..) "It is our methodology to distribute only to women to ensure that food gets to women and children in Haiti," she said. "Every time we have not had adequate security escorts, we have had riots at food sites."


26 January 2010

Recognizing the huge challenges in rebuilding the quake-ravaged Haiti, the international community on Monday endorsed a roadmap to gradually restore order in the Caribbean nation. (..) Recovery for Haiti could be "one of the most complex operations" considering its battered infrastructure, said the UN World Food Program (WFP) chief. "It will take some time for the food infrastructure to come on line," WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said at a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York.


26 January 2010

Everyone grab a pen, or get to a computer or phone so you can start your job as a "food ambassador" for Haiti. (..) You can write an article for a newspaper, post to a blog or use social networking sites to spread the word about donations to the U.N. World Food Programme to help feed Haiti. Or just make phone calls to friends and neighbors. This sounding of the alarm will be essential for the World Food Programme's fundraising efforts.


26 January 2010

Appearing together in a new public service announcement, the duo are teaming up to raise funds for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Haitian relief effort. Donations will go directly to WFP's efforts to get food to survivors of Haiti's devastating earthquake. The PSA urges viewers to donate $5 by texting FRIENDS to 90999 or visit www.fromhungertohope.com. Your donation of $5 will feed 20 hungry children in the earthquake-ravaged country, according to the WFP.


26 January 2010

United Nations aid agencies say millions of survivors of Haiti's catastrophic earthquake are in urgent need of tents and food. (..) "Our Executive Director has appealed to all governments, all military around the world to give to us as many ready-to-eat meals as they have on hand, that they can provide to us for Haiti," she [WFP spokeswoman Emilia Casella] said. "The need is extremely urgent and we need them as soon as possible."