News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

8 February 2004

WFP air drops food into remote parts of Sudan's West Darfur

Fur Buranga, West Darfur WFP begins air drops of food into the most inaccessible parts of western Sudan\'s violence-ravaged Darfur region. The food assistance will reach more than 70,000 displaced people and local residents who have been cut off from aid because of the rainy season and insecurity.
8 February 2004

WFP hails arrival of Russian wheat shipment for North Korea's hungry

Pyongyang WFP welcomes the arrival of a major shipment of Russian food aid that will help support millions of malnourished children and women in the Democratic People\'s Republic of Korea over the coming weeks. The donation is the largest part of an $11 million dollar contribution by Russia, it\'s first ever through WFP.
7 February 2004

Formula One star Jarno Trulli puts the brakes on child hunger

Rome Formula One star Jarno Trulli is helping put the brakes on child hunger by appearing in a WFP public service announcement (PSA) that indicates the speed at which malnourished children are dying around the world.
1 February 2004

WFP responds to flood victims in Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Haiti WFP, with the assistance of Oxfam and Caritas, is providing urgently needed emergency food rations to thousands of families affected by floods in northern Haiti
21 January 2004

Marathon runner Paul Tergat joins WFP race to beat hunger

Rome Marathon world record holder Paul Tergat joined the race to defeat global hunger today when he was appointed "Ambassador Against Hunger" by James T.Morris, WFP's Executive Director.
14 January 2004

7.2 million people still need food aid

Rome Despite a good harvest, 7.2 million people still require assistance to meet minimum food requirements in 2004, according to a joint report released by two United Nations agencies. Last year, 13.2 million Ethiopians needed food assistance.

13 January 2004

WFP urges food aid for tens of thousands of Sudanese fleeing to Chad

N\'Djamena Conflict in the three states of Darfur (Western Sudan) has brought a humanitarian crisis to the Chadian border, with displacement and disruption for around one million people, according to WFP.
11 January 2004

Sri Lanka cricket legend goes out to bat for WFP

Sri Lanka cricket legend Muttiah Muralitharan, a humanitarian partner with WFP, says that meals provided to school children in the country\'s former war zones are one of the best ways to help them catch up on their education.
9 January 2004

Abducted WFP staff released by rebels in Darfur

Rome WFP announces the safe release of three of its employees who had been held captive by rebels in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan. While welcoming their release, WFP condemned the fact that humanitarian workers were being targeted by armed groups.

9 January 2004

WFP airlifts all-terrain trucks to Sudan with US-assistance

Khartoum WFP takes delivery of eight all-terrain trucks flown to Sudan thanks to the generosity of the United States Agency for International Development to help move food to the needy in the troubled region of Darfur.


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