News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

5 September 2008

Gunmen Kill WFP head of sub-office in northwestern Kenya

Unidentified gunmen shot dead the head of WFP’s office in the northwestern Kenyan town of Lokichoggio -- in the first killing of a WFP aid worker in what has been a major relief hub for southern Sudan.
5 September 2008

WFP aid flights to proceed to Myanmar tomorrow

"The World Food Programme has decided to send in two relief flights as planned tomorrow, while discussions continue with the Government of Myanmar on the distribution of the food that was flown in today, and not released to WFP," says Nancy E. Roman, Director of Public Policy and Communications.
1 September 2008

Donor support helps WFP expand activities in Myanmar

Humanitarian food assistance activities of the United Nations World Food Programme will expand in Myanmar during 2008, building on work undertaken during 2007.
1 September 2008

Philippine Government awards presidential citation to WFP staff member killed in Algiers

The Philippines Government awards a Presidential Citation to Gene Luna, a Filipina staff member of WFP, who died during the tragic bombings in Algiers last month.
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31 August 2008

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29 August 2008

WFP feeds thousands displaced by Hurricane Gustav in Haiti

WFP has begun feeding some of the estimated 6,000 displaced by deadly Hurricane Gustav in southern Haiti, where communities remain out of reach because of damaged roads and bridges.
27 August 2008

WFP assisting more than 200,000 affected by Mindanao conflict

WFP is scaling up food assistance to more than 220,000 persons displaced by conflict in southern Mindanao, delivering nearly 1,000 metric tons of rice – around one month’s ration -- to civilians caught up in the fighting between Philippine government troops and forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
27 August 2008

WFP to feed 50,000 flood victims in Eastern Terai

WFP in Nepal announced today it was mobilizing emergency food assistance for 50,000 people displaced by floods in the eastern Terai districts of Nepal.
22 August 2008

WFP Bangkok relief air bridge for Myanmar completes mission

The last WFP aid flight has taken off from Thailand’s Don Mueang International Airport which has been a vital staging post for the airlift of humanitarian supplies to areas affected by the impact of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.
18 August 2008

WFP National Officer killed in Southern Somalia

The Executive Director of WFP has expressed shock and sadness today at the killing of one of the agency’s staff members in southern Somalia.


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