News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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.
3 April 2004

WFP ends operation in Serbia and Montenegro

Rome WFP announces the end of its operation in Serbia and Montenegro, proclaiming the food emergency there over. Having already closed its office in Podgorica on 29 February, the relief organisation will officially close its office in Belgrade on 31 March.
3 April 2004

WFP sends emergency relief to Morocco's earthquake victims

Cairo WFP launches a US$200,000 emergency operation to assist the victims of the earthquake that devastated the Al-Hoceima region in north-eastern Morocco in the early morning hours of 24 February, killing almost 600 people, injuring hundreds and leaving many hom


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