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WFP logistics - We deliver
On August 19th, the world celebrates its humanitarians across the globe. A humanitarian can come in many forms, but in simple terms they all have one thing in common: they strive to help people, whoever and wherever they are. Here we meet three staff members who are working in WFP's air, land, and sea operations, and hear what they are doing to assist those in need.
As of July 4th, Niger is home to nearly 43,000 Malian refugees, according to UNHCR. Malians have crossed the border into Niger, fleeing violence and seeking haven in their neighbouring country. Two refugee camps in particular are located near the town of Tillia, at the south-western border with Mali, where WFP is distributing food assistance. With the help of a WFP logistician-turned-photographer, we see who WFP is helping in this camp.
Piero is deployed as a WFP logistician, sent on mission to Nigeria to manage the coordination and transport of a huge quantity of Nigerian sorghum, intended to aid those affected by drought in neighbouring Chad and Niger. Having arrived recently in the country, Piero has been busy setting up operations in a country where WFP has no offices, presenting some challenges to say the least. Writing from Abuja, he tells us more.
Humanitarian response is in many ways an intricate web of people, equipment and infrastructure. Roads, rivers and rail act as our connections, transporting aid workers and cargo across countries and regions. Without one of these connections, the system may function, but not as efficiently as possible. Vulnerable areas can be left off the grid, and aid workers may find it difficult to reach people in need.
The refugee camps of Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, are set in a landscape of catastrophe. Smoke from the smouldering Nyiragongo volcano darkens the sky above thousands of crude shelters across the lava beds around Lake Kivu.
Armand Ndimurukundo is the Head of Logistics in South Darfur, managing food distributions to an average of 782,000 people per year. We were curious to know what it was like to work for WFP Logistics in Nyala, the desert capital of South Darfur State. In this photo diary, Armand helps to paint the picture.
It is a logistician’s dream. Well, besides new trucks and paved roads, this new development will make their jobs a lot easier -- especially when planning and implementing emergency logistics operations.
No electricity, no clean water, no telephone, and a hut with a straw roof. This is what would become the WFP sub-office in Ango, Democratic Republic of Congo. In February 2011, we began working in this village located in the region of Uélé to bring food assistance to those displaced after the attacks of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). When we arrived, there was virtually no infrastructure – only a few brick houses, two cars, and no UN presence.
Have you ever hopped on a helicopter to deliver food assistance to South Sudan? We hadn’t either -- But luckily, some of our colleagues in the field have – and they’ve put together a photo diary of a recent mission by the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), showing exactly this. On 17 January, this air operation not only brought much needed food assistance to those affected by conflict in Jonglei State, but it also responded to an unexpected emergency call.
At the onset of an emergency, Logistics can be seen in many places -- WFP trucks move in, vessels with food aid dock at the ports and sometimes airlifts quickly fly in much needed assistance. The side of Logistics that most may not see is what’s going on behind the scenes.