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Responding to Emergencies
19 August 2014

Tales From WFP Humanitarian Heroes In South Sudan (Staff Interviews)

The World Food Programme (WFP) and partners have been working all-out for months to try to prevent a hunger catastrophe in South Sudan, overcoming enormous obstacles to bring food and other assistance to people in desperate need.  Part of WFP’s response includes deploying emergency mobile teams to reach vulnerable people who have been isolated by conflict in some of the most food-insecure areasof the country.  The teams set up distribution sites from scratch, managing air-drop zones and sleeping in tents – and facing challenges that range in size from tiny scorpions to big guns.  Here are a few stories from WFP staff members who have been part of these mobile emergency response teams.

Responding to Emergencies
19 August 2014

South Sudan: 'When People Rejoice After Food Distributions, I Want To Do More' (Staff Interview)

WFP and partners have been working flat-out for months to try to prevent a hunger catastrophe in South Sudan, overcoming enormous obstacles to bring food and other assistance to people in desperate need who have been isolated by conflict.  Part of WFP’s response includes rapid response teams that are deployed to hard-to-reach communities affected by the conflict. Lucy Wasuk, a South Sudanese programme officer tells us about her experience as a member of one of these teams, her recent mission to Adok in Unity State, where WFP assisted over 54,000 people. She also talks about being a humanitarian worker.

19 August 2014

Celebrating the Humanitarian Heroes Who Build Our Future

August 19 is World Humanitarian Day—a time to remember those who lost their lives in the course of serving others and a time to celebrate those who are in the field, every day, building a better world for everyone. A statement from the Executive Director of WFP, Ertharin Cousin.

Aid professionals
18 August 2014

A Humanitarian Hero Made in Honduras

To help those who are in need has been part of a legacy that his father, a physician, sewed in his heart when he was a child. Mario Sibrian, a Honduran national working in South Sudan for WFP Aviation, has been living up to his father's legacy for the last 14 years. That is his driving force behind his commitment to humanitarian assistance during the tsunami in Asia, the Haiti Earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

18 August 2014

Scholarships Empower Girls in Ghana

Benedicta, 18, is one of thousands of girls in Ghana who receive take-home rations from WFP to reward good attendance. At the 12th annual Ghana Education Service/World Food Programme Girls’ Education Scholarship ceremony, she and other girls from WFP-assisted schools were given scholarships to complete secondary school, an opportunity that otherwise would have remained out of their reach.

Responding to Emergencies
18 August 2014

Images From Drought-Hit Nicaragua

A severe drought is affecting much of Central America. At the request of the Government of Nicaragua, WFP is providing urgent food relief to rural families affected by what is thought to be the worst drought in three decades. The resources of this operation were part of contributions made by Canada, Brazil and Australia.

18 August 2014

Driving Towards Zero Hunger In Malawi

Lilongwe – In anticipation of World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, WFP is joining other organizations and agencies around the globe to acknowledge the heroes who risk their lives every day to help people in need. WFP Malawi spoke to one of its own humanitarian heroes, Gregorio Kambuwa, who retired last month at the age of 65 after having served on the team for 15 years.

18 August 2014

Celebrating World Humanitarian Day – Fatmata in Gambela, Ethiopia

This week we celebrate World Humanitarian Day—a time to recognize our staff who are in the field, every day.  Since conflict began in South Sudan over eight months ago, more than 180,000 people have sought refuge in neighboring Ethiopia.  Fatmata Kokobaye is head of WFP office in Gambela responsible for providing life-saving support to South Sudanese refugees. Gambela is also an important corridor for food assistance to get into South Sudan, by air, land or river. Here she tells us her story. 

18 August 2014

WFP Steps Up Assistance to Meet Urgent Food Needs of Families and Communities Affected By Ebola

The United Nations World Food Programme is scaling up its operations to provide food to around 1 million people living in restricted access areas in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

18 August 2014

WFP Steps Up Assistance to Meet Urgent Food Needs of Families and Communities Affected By Ebola

The United Nations World Food Programme is scaling up its operations to provide food to around 1 million people living in restricted access areas in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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