Gunmen killed an agent for a WFP-contracted transport company amid growing insecurity in southern and central Somalia, WFP said. He was the fifth staff member of a WFP-contracted trucking company killed in Somalia this year.
WFP has warned that Somalia is sinking deeper into an abyss of suffering with hundreds of thousands of women and children uprooted by fighting while a lack of security is preventing full humanitarian access to some areas.
The World Food Programme today hailed the French navy for protecting WFP food ships from pirate attacks in Somalia, and thanked Denmark for taking over the operation to ensure critical escorts continue for the next two months.
WFP said a Somali partner non-governmental organization started today distributing one-month WFP food rations to 6,000 people who took refuge near a Somali border village after fighting forced them from their homes.