News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

29 May 2007

Sierra Leone's civil war relived by its survivors at Freetown screening of Blood Diamond

Sierra Leoneans were able to witness the horrors of their late 1990\'s civil war from the safety of a cinema seat when WFP recently organised screenings of the film Blood Diamond in Freetown. Hilary Heuler attended one of the screenings and gauged audience reaction.

29 May 2007

WFP driver killed in ambush in Uganda's Karamoja region

The United Nations World Food Programme said today that gunmen ambushed a WFP convoy in the Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda, killing a WFP driver and forcing the agency to suspend temporarily its operations in the drought-hit region.
28 May 2007

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran meets Pope Benedict XVI

Meeting Pope Benedict XVI today, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said: "It is a great honour to express in person my gratitude to His Holiness for his invaluable support in favour of the world’s hungry.”
25 May 2007

WFP condemns attacks on food convoys in Afghanistan

The United Nations World Food Programme today condemned a series of armed attacks and looting of WFP food trucks, mainly in the south and west of Afghanistan and said it is working with the authorities to step up security measures.
23 May 2007

Swaziland's worst harvest ever - 400,000 people in need of assistance

A prolonged dry spell and high temperatures ravaged Swaziland’s maize crop in 2007, resulting in the lowest annual harvest on record and leaving more than a third of the population in need of food assistance, according to a report issued today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WFP.
22 May 2007

World's leading footballer dedicates game to the cause of global hunger

Kakà, a player widely regarded as the best in world football, has dedicated his participation in the UEFA Champions League Final on 23 May to the cause of hungry children.
21 May 2007

New pirate attack on aid ship; WFP urges high-level international action against Somali piracy

WFP today appealed for high-level international action to stamp out piracy in waters off Somalia, warning that the flow of relief supplies to the country was under severe threat.
18 May 2007

WFP airlifts emergency gear from Ghana to aid troubled Central African Republic

WFP announced today that it was airlifting 31 metric tons of equipment from its Humanitarian Response Depot (HRD) in Ghana to support the agency’s recently upgraded life-saving operation in the strife-torn Central African Republic.
18 May 2007

WFP steps up food deliveries in Somalia; warns of growing piracy

WFP said a second round of food distributions started today to 122,500 people either driven from Mogadishu or who had recently returned but warned that a new spate of piracy threatened to strangle WFP’s main supply routes to Somalia.
18 May 2007

WFP urges progress on humanitarian situation for thousands displaced by Sri Lanka fighting

A WFP senior official today called for more resources and improved humanitarian access and security for aid workers providing assistance to thousands of people displaced by the recent upsurge in fighting in Sri Lanka.


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