A unique view of all the ways WFP is assisting millions of people worldwide.
Monday, January 12th marks the 5th anniversary of the magnitude 7 earthquake that devastated much of Port-au-Prince and its surrounding cities. In just 35 seconds over 230,000 people lost their lives, approximately 300,000 were injured and 2.3 million were displaced. Within hours of this deadly quake, the World Food Programme (WFP) was on the ground responding.
Since June 2014, thousands of Yazidis, an ancient religious group living mostly in northern Iraq, have been living in fear and hunger on the mountain Sinjar. Families have been torn apart, enslaved, raped and beaten by militants. The lucky ones who managed to escape now find themselves struggling to survive the winter in camps or unfinished buildings. Keep reading to find out about their daily struggles, through the tears and the smiles of their youngest ones.
From Ebola-hit countries in Africa to Syria, Iraq and the Philippines, food assistance played its part again this year in helping families get through emergencies. Here are 10 people in 10 different countries who received assistance in 2014 thanks to WFP’s supporters – governments, companies and individuals.
Ten years after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, WFP takes a look at some of the most courageous stories, photos and first-hand accounts of survivors and the impact that WFP’s response had on their lives.
Chris Huddart is from London but currently lives in Liberia where he works as a programme officer for the World Food Programme. As part of the Ebola response, he explains why this Christmas will be very different …
Banda Aceh in Indonesia was the first major town to be hit by the tsunami. The giant wave smashed the lives of local fishermen as thoroughly as it smashed their boats. But ten years later, the fishing community has bounced back and many locals are rightly proud of what they have achieved.
As community chief, a big part of Gabriel’s job is convincing parents to send their children to school.
As WFP’s lead photographer, Rein Skullerud witnessed the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in the city of Aceh, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Ten years later he went back to the same places with his camera. Using the photos in this gallery, he reflects on his experiences during his first visit and how things have changed since.
When fighters captured Qaraqosh town in the heat of early August, Basseema had little time to think ahead to winter. Like thousands of other Iraqi Christians who fled the violence, carrying nothing to help them withstand the cold, she faces a painful festive season.