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27 August 2014
WFP Lifeline Operation To Feed Displaced Iraqis Reaches Over 700,000 People

“The humanitarian situation in Iraq is extremely challenging. Thanks to the generous contribution from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, WFP has been prepared to provide food to communities that need it most and are in a very difficult and complex security situation.” Read more

Mohamed Diab, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe.

27 August 2014
WFP Humanitarian Convoy Delivers Food To Gaza Through Egypt’s Rafah Crossing

“It is extremely important that we have access to the Gaza Strip from different routes including the Rafah crossing to ensure a constant flow of humanitarian supplies to meet the growing needs of the people affected by the recent violence. We are grateful to the Government of Egypt for opening the Rafah crossing and allowing WFP to procure food in Egypt,” Read more

Mohamed Diab, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe.

19 August 2014
Saudi Arabia Contribution Saves Lives, Allows WFP To Rapidly Respond To Food Crisis In Iraq

“We are working to avert a humanitarian tragedy, thanks to the timely contribution of much needed financial support from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which came with flexible terms. Without this donation, WFP would not have been able to respond so quickly to Iraq’s evolving humanitarian crisis. The Kingdom of Humanity’s extreme generosity has allowed WFP to save lives by rapidly scaling up its food assistance to Iraqis struggling to meet their basic needs in the face of a truly devastating humanitarian crisis,” Read more

Mohamed Diab, Director of WFP’s Regional Bureau for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

19 August 2014
World Humanitarian Day Honours Those Who Build Our Future

"World Humanitarian Day is a day of sorrow, but it is also a day of joy. First and foremost, today is an opportunity for us to remember our fellow humanitarians who lost their lives while serving others. It marks the 2003 tragedy when 22 people were killed in an explosion at the United Nations office in Baghdad. And it provides us a moment every year to mourn our colleagues and our partners who have died on the job since then." Read more

Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin.

12 August 2014
UN World Food Programme Celebrates ‘Heroes Among Us’ On World Humanitarian Day

“World Humanitarian Day is a day to remember our ‘humanitarian heroes’. The colleagues who lost their lives while serving others. But it’s also a day to celebrate our everyday heroes -- the WFP staff and partners who work tirelessly to help build the future we all want, a future of zero hunger in which everyone will thrive.” Read more

Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin.

12 August 2014
WFP Executive Director Visits Food Assistance Operation in Syria

“We need to use all possible ways to get food to hungry families all over Syria. Some areas are only accessible through cross-line convoys from inside the country and other areas can only be served through cross-border convoys,” Read more

Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin.

11 August 2014
WFP And UNRWA Plan To Reach All Conflict-Affected Families In Gaza With Launch Of Special Emergency Food Assistance

GAZA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners today launched a special food distribution in Gaza for 730,000 people who are not receiving food under other programmes – in an effort to reach all conflict-affect people in Gaza with some form of food assistance. Read more

5 August 2014
WFP Food Reaches More People In Syria In July

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has made significant progress over the last few weeks in reaching more people affected by the violence in Syria – many of them in besieged and difficult-to-reach areas -- due to improved access through cross-line and cross-border food deliveries. Read more

1 August 2014
WFP Steps Up Emergency Food Assistance In Gaza As Situation Deteriorates

“WFP is extremely concerned about the breakdown of the ceasefire. WFP and humanitarian counterparts on the ground continue to remain operational and it is crucial that we have unhindered access to the people who need our help and that civilians are protected.” Read more

Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin.

31 July 2014
United States Government Bolsters Aid To Hungry Syrians With A US$185 Million Contribution To WFP

“Now, more than ever, these funds are required to help the World Food Programme respond to a crisis that continues to devastate millions of lives and seems without end. We applaud USAID for its steadfast commitment to ensuring that victims of this terrible conflict receive the essential food assistance they need.” Read more

Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

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