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7 March 2005

LIVING WITH LOCUSTS - THE BITTER IRONY OF MAURITANIA'S FOOD CRISIS

Marcus Prior, a WFP public information officer based in Senegal, sent this e-card describing how the worst locust invasion in 15 years has devastated the harvest in Mauritania, leaving hundreds of thousands of people in urgent need of food aid.
23 February 2005

Le Pèlerin du Day

In an article first published by the Djibouti triweekly newspaper La Nation, WFP's Fatma Samoura describes the agony of the Day forest, which contains 60 percent of Djibouti's wildlife and flora and fauna.
15 February 2005

NFL STARS TOUCH DOWN IN TSUNAMI DISASTER ZONE

In February, stars of the National Football League (NFL) visited the tsunami disaster zone to support WFP in its efforts to deliver food to survivors.
15 February 2005

Tsunami

The government of Indonesia reported today that the first phase of the emergency relief operation in Aceh province has ended and that recovery and reconstruction in tsunami-affected areas will begin. However, it was emphasized that food and medical supplies are still needed for the more than tens of thousands of survivors living in isolated communities.
3 February 2005

WFP'S LATEST UPDATE ON COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY TSUNAMI

The government of Indonesia reported today that the first phase of the emergency relief operation in Aceh province has ended and that recovery and reconstruction in tsunami-affected areas will begin. However, it was emphasized that food and medical supplies are still needed for the more than tens of thousands of survivors living in isolated communities.
31 January 2005

Letter to the Editor: corporate support for tsunami aid

The following letter was published in full by the Financial Times, with an excerpt printed in The Economist on Feb 3.
31 January 2005

WFP'S LATEST UPDATE ON COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY TSUNAMI

The latest government figures for the number of displaced people in northern Sumatra are 417,000 people in camps and 260,000 staying with host families. While many of the camps are well organized and managed by NGOs, others are ad hoc collections of makeshift tents or clusters of people living in mosques and schools.
27 January 2005

WFP'S LATEST UPDATE ON COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY TSUNAMI

Reports are coming in from WFP staff and the humanitarian agent's implementing partner, CARE, about the state of devastation in places like Simeulue Island, where the two partners are feeding some 18,300 beneficiaries. "In some areas, rice paddy fields have completely disappeared. Thousands of trees were completely torn from the roots. One palm tree, which was miraculously still standing, was buried six meters in mud. Mud, debris and twisted iron are scattered over the landscape. The tarmac, which once covered the roads, has been completely lifted off the ground," said one WFP staffer.
24 January 2005

WFP'S LATEST UPDATE ON COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY TSUNAMI

A WFP chartered vessel arrived at the island of Simeulu , where CARE began distribution today of 350 MT of mixed commodities. The vessel is carrying a total of 3,000 MT of food aid and will proceed to Meulaboh to service other locations along the western coast of Sumatra.
21 January 2005

JAKARTA "OFF-ROADERS" CLUB HELPS OUT

Casey Kauffman, 28, is a video producer with WFP who went out to film WFP’s operations in Calang in Aceh province on tsunami-hit Sumatra’s western coast. This is the second e-card he has sent.