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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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19 March 2004

WFP starts food aid packages for HIV/AIDS families in Myanmar

Yangon - Expanding its global campaign to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic, WFP starts distributing food for the first time to families stricken with the virus in Myanmar, where infection rates are among the highest in Southeast Asia.
18 March 2004

Top WFP official calls for end to tragedy in Northern Uganda

Kampala - The wanton violence and killing in northern Uganda that has created one of Africa\'s largest displaced populations must end, says WFP Deputy Executive Director, Sheila Sisulu. She made the call, after visiting a displaced camp in Uganda\'s beleaguered north.
16 March 2004

WFP assists cyclone and flood victims in Madagascar

Antananarivo - As part of its response to Cyclone Gafilo which has hit Madagascar twice in the past ten days, WFP announces that it is sending a first shipment of 20 tonnes of food aid for up to 1,000 people who have been stranded by rising flood waters in the south-west.
16 March 2004

WFP Praises US$35 Japanese Donation

Tokyo 16 March The WFP has welcomed a donation of US$35 million from the Japanese Government for 20 countries around the world to assist refugees, internally displaced persons and victims of natural disasters and poverty in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
15 March 2004

WFP concerned about population displacements in Colombia

Bogota- A senior WFP official expresses his concern about the plight of two million people who have become internally displaced persons (IDPs) due to armed conflict.
15 March 2004

WFP urges donors to give cash to buy food locally for relief programmes in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa - WFP urges donors to give cash to enable humanitarian agencies to purchase food locally to assist millions of drought-affected people in Ethiopia.
8 March 2004

WFP brings relief to two million people in Bangladesh floods

Dhaka - As the toll of death and damage from flooding continues to mount in Bangladesh, WFP is giving much-needed food supplies to nearly two million people in advance of launching a major emergency operation for millions more victims of the disaster.
8 March 2004

WFP extends emergency assistance to Palestinians

Rome - Amid continuing violence and conflict in the Palestinian Territories and the resulting deprivations on the lives and livelihoods of the population, the WFP announced today that it will extend its emergency operation in the Territories for a further 12 months.
3 March 2004

Refugees Face Hunger in East and Central Africa

Nairobi - WFP has given a warning that it will have to cut basic food rations to refugees throughout eastern and central Africa unless immediate donations are received.
2 March 2004

WFP receives ECHO donation for Western Saharan refugees

Algiers WFP announces the European Commission\'s donation of 3.75 million euros (US$4.73 million) to support its operation in Algeria which assists over 155,000 Western Saharan refugees.

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