News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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.
15 April 2004

WFP Director appeals for more aid to Haiti on his visit to the country

Port-Au-Prince WFP Executive Director James T. Morris urges donors not to forget about the dire needs of the Haitian people and to increase their support for a country he described as "in danger of slipping into oblivion."
10 April 2004

WFP chief warns funding shortfall for refugees sets stage for future political crises

Geneva - The Executive Director of WFP, James Morris, today called for continued support for refugees returning home to countries recovering from conflict and warned of the effects of dwindling funding for refugees and displaced people all over the world.
6 April 2004

WFP's food aid in DRC halted by attacks

Kinshasa/Bukavu WFP appeals for an end to looting and attacks against its offices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, saying that the violence has forced the temporary suspension of its aid operations in many parts of the central African country.
5 April 2004

WFP confirms massive humanitarian crisis in Darfur, and calls the plight of Sudanese refugees "tragic"

London - The Executive Director of WFP, James Morris, today underlined the severity of the humanitarian challenge facing more than a million people displaced from their homes by armed conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan, and over a hundred thousand Sudanese refugees who have fled across the border to Chad.
3 April 2004

Fresh insecurity hampers food delivery in Burundi

Nairobi - WFP expresses concern that an upsurge in fighting over past weeks in parts of Burundi has prevented it from delivering food assistance to thousands of newly displaced people.
3 April 2004

Lesotho Drought Crisis to Continue for A Third Year

Maseru - Hundreds of thousands of people in Lesotho will require international assistance for a third consecutive year due to the combined impact of another devastating drought and the worsening HIV/AIDS epidemic, warned James T. Morris, the UN Secretary-General\'s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa.


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