Wooden boats on the Rio Coco.
Copyright: WFP/Sabrina Quezada
The Rio Coco lies along the northern border of Nicaragua and the Región Autónoma del Atlántico Norte (RAAN). The area was devastated in late 2007 when Hurricane Felix ripped through the region. Since that time WFP has distributed food to families living along the river.
The WFP team in Nicaragua has been nice enough to share with us their photos of their food distribution along the river. In this distribution alone 662 metric tonnes of maize, legumes, cereal (CSB) and cooking oil were distributed by the WFP team and their flotilla of boats.
The food is transported from the shoreline to the community centers where it is distributed to community members who have gathered to collect their food rations.
In preparation for the 2009 hurricane season the WFP team in the region undertook a 6 day assessment this past May in the Región Autónoma del Atlántico Sud (RAAS) which lies directly south of the RAAN and the Rio Coco. They have put together a wonderful video of the assessment mission, which they have posted to YouTube, and which you can view here.
Special thanks to: Sandra Torres, Sabrina Quezada and the entire WFP Nicaragua country team!