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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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18 May 2004

Liberia's war is over; humanitarian donations plummet

Monrovia - As Liberia strives to recover after 14 years of devastating civil war, WFP has warned that unless immediate donations are received, it may be forced to cut back on its food assistance to hundreds of thousands of Liberians. Such cuts would undermine the country\'s delicate transition towards stability.
14 May 2004

WFP Pledges support for Peruvian initiative to combat chronic child malnutrition

Lima, Peru - WFP has pledged support for the Peruvian government in the implementation of a pilot nutritional project in the remote, south central department of Huancavelica.
13 May 2004

Huge numbers facing food shortages amid violence in Northern Uganda

Nairobi With daily rebel attacks continuing to leave huge numbers of people in fear for their lives in northern Uganda, WFP has warned it will soon be unable to cope with the escalating food needs of the displaced population, which now numbers at least 1.6 million.
8 May 2004

WFP appeal for 2.3 million people hit by drought in Kenya

Nairobi WFP launches an emergency appeal for US$82 million for immediate food assistance to 2.3 million people affected by drought in Kenya.
8 May 2004

WFP puts hunger hotspots on the map

Rome WFP adds longitude and latitude to its hunger awareness campaign with the publication of an interactive map plotting the location of the world\'s hungriest people in real-time.
8 May 2004

WFP welcomes Japanese donation for North Korea crisis

Rome - WFP today warmly welcomed a donation of some US$40 million from the Japanese Government to help millions of needy people in North Korea. This major contribution, approved earlier today by the Japanese Cabinet, is part of a pledge made by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in May for 250,000 metric tons of food aid to North Korea.
27 April 2004

Mahmoud Yassin joins fight against hunger

Rome - Mahmoud Yassin, one of the best-known Egyptian actors of all times, has lent his voice to a growing chorus of international celebrities who are helping WFP raise awareness of global hunger.
27 April 2004

WFP delivers first food aid to victims of North Korea train disaster

Beijing - WFP has delivered the first humanitarian assistance to hospital victims of North Korea\'s railway disaster, and is pledging to feed thousands of others left injured or homeless for as long as necessary despite severe funding shortages.
23 April 2004

Darfur: high-level humanitarian mission to visit Sudan

The UN Secretary-General has asked WFP Executive Director James Morris to lead a high-level humanitarian mission to the Darfur region of Sudan. The inter-agency mission, scheduled to be in Sudan from 27 April until 2 May, will get a first-hand look at the humanitarian situation, assess the scope of the crisis, and identify any gaps in humanitarian assistance.
23 April 2004

WFP urges assistance for 1.2 million victims of fighting in Darfur, western Sudan

Nairobi As the current crisis in Darfur threatens to become a major humanitarian catastrophe, WFP launches an urgent appeal to the international community for US$98 million to feed 1.2 million victims of conflict in western Sudan. "The need for emergency food aid in Darfur is acute," said James Morris, WFP Executive Director, who has also been asked by the UN Secretary General to lead a United Nations inter-agency mission to assess humanitarian needs in Darfur.

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