World Refugee Day: 20 Million Displaced People Helped By WFP

Published on 20 June 2012

ROME--Conflict and natural disasters force people from their homes.  They become some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.  Almost one in five people receiving assistance from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is a refugee, someone who has been displaced inside their own country, or someone who has returned home.  It is agencies like WFP they turn to for help to carry them through their ordeals.

Working in partnership with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration, national governments and the international community, WFP supports those who no longer have homes to call their own.
 
Last year, WFP provided food assistance to more than 20 million displaced people in countries such as Libya, Côte d’Ivoire, Somalia, South Sudan, Mali, Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar.
 
WFP is often first on the ground, providing food assistance to internally displaced people and refugees, as well as the host communities who generously take them in.  When refugees arrive home again, WFP’s food assistance helps them begin to rebuild their lives.
 
"Every mother and every father wants the opportunity to feed their children in their homes - not as displaced people,’’ said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin.  ‘’We must work together to resolve the causes of displacement. But as long as conflict and natural disasters continue to force people to new locations, we will continue to provide the life-saving support that so many people still need.’