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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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6 July 2004

Urgent funds needed to meet growing food crisis in Darfur and Chad

Nairobi As the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and neighbouring Chad deepens by the day and the number of people suffering from conflict across western Sudan has almost doubled to two million, WFP appeals to the international community for urgent funding to expand its operations in both Sudan and Chad. At least one million people have been driven from their homes and farms by the fighting.
5 July 2004

Clinton Foundation and WFP join forces in global fight against HIV/AIDS pandemic

New York The Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) and WFP sign a landmark agreement to provide food to AIDS patients undergoing anti-retroviral (ARV) drug treatment in developing countries. Ira C. Magaziner, Chairman of the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, and James Morris, WFP\'s Executive Director signed the agreement in New York.
30 June 2004

WFP Airlifts food to Darfur from Ethiopia

Addis Ababa - WFP today started an airlift of enriched food from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to Sudan\'s North Darfur and South Darfur states to help feed the most vulnerable among some one million people uprooted from their homes by conflict.
25 June 2004

15,000 Haitian flood victims assisted thanks to UK donated helicopters

Port-au-Prince With a generous grant from the government of the United Kingdom, WFP has airlifted food to more than 15,000 people in desperate need of assistance following last month\'s torrential rains which caused devastating floods and landslides near the border with the Dominican Republic.
23 June 2004

WFP air link to refugees in Chad threatened with closure

N\'djamena WFP will be forced to halt its humanitarian air service from N\'djamena to eastern Chad next month at the height of the rainy season when the link is needed most unless new funding is urgently secured.
22 June 2004

'Death Spiral' is exacting tragic toll on Southern Africa, says UN Special Envoy

Johannesburg Southern Africa is being debilitated by the ‘death spiral\' caused by the confluence of HIV, food insecurity, the burden on public administration and services, and most critically, the drain on human resources, says James T. Morris, the UN Secretary-General\'s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa.
19 June 2004

Special Envoy commends Swazi commitment to tackle HIV rates, urges holistic support for orphans

Mbabane James T. Morris, the UN Secretary-General\'s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa, commends the Government of Swaziland for its commitment to tackle HIV/AIDS rates and highlights the need to include broader support for orphans, particularly those affected by the virus.
18 June 2004

UN Special Envoy urges humanitarian sector to redouble efforts to tackle Mozambique's rising HIV/AIDS rate

Maputo The United Nations, the Government of Mozambique, and non-government organisations must strengthen efforts to tackle the country\'s spiraling HIV/AIDS rate before the virus exacts an irreversible toll, warns James T. Morris, the UN Secretary-General\'s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa.
16 June 2004

WFP feeds thousands of new refugees from DRC in Burundi, Rwanda

Bujumbura WFP is feeding thousands of refugees who have crossed into Burundi and Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo to escape violence that temporarily paralysed WFP\'s aid operations in much of eastern DRC.
14 June 2004

UN Special Envoy returns to Malawi to review the current humanitarian situation

Lilongwe James T. Morris, the UN Secretary-General\'s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa, starts his third visit to Malawi on as part of a four-nation UN mission to assess the triple threat of food insecurity, weakened capacity for governance and AIDS.

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