News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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18 August 2008

WFP National Officer killed in Southern Somalia

The Executive Director of WFP has expressed shock and sadness today at the killing of one of the agency’s staff members in southern Somalia.
5 August 2008

WFP driver killed by militiamen in central Somalia

The World Food Programme strongly condemned the killing of a WFP-contracted truck driver who was shot yesterday at a checkpoint in central Somalia.
18 July 2008

Somalia faces dire crossroads as insecurity and drought combine

Attacks on aid workers on the ground and threats to ships delivering food aid to Somalia are jeopardising the lives of millions who now need urgent food assistance, WFP said.
15 July 2008

Fifth WFP-contracted transport staff member killed in Somalia

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.
13 June 2008

WFP-contracted driver killed by gunmen in Southern Somalia

Gunmen have shot and killed a WFP-contracted truck driver in southern Somalia, the WFP said today.
2 June 2008

WFP to feed thousands more Somali refugees in Yemen

The World Food Programme has announced that it was expanding its operation in Yemen to feed thousands more Somali refugees fleeing the conflict in their country.
27 March 2008

WFP warns Somalia sinking deeper into abyss of suffering

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.
2 February 2008

French naval escorts assure WFP food supplies to Somalia; Denmark takes over

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.
1 December 2007

WFP food reaches Somalis who fled attacks near Kenya border

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.
19 November 2007

WFP hails France for safely escorting first relief food ships to Somalia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed the safe arrival today of the first two ships carrying WFP food assistance to be escorted by a French naval vessel to Somalia, and urged other countries to step forward to help protect humanitarian assistance from pirate attacks.

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