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Responding to Emergencies
15 March 2011

Fleeing Workers Tell Of Hardship In Libya

Benjamin counts among 2,300 Ghanaians who fled the unrest gripping Libya and are now packed into the Shousha transit camp on Tunisia's border. While he doesn't want to go home, returning to Libya is unthinkable.

Focus on Women
14 March 2011

'If You Want To Be A Doctor, You Need School'

One of the benefits of school meals programmes is that they encourage parents in poor countries to send young girls to school. This means they get an education and, hopefully, the means to pull themselves out of poverty. Without that incentive, school may not be an option – as Salama and Naima found out recently.

Responding to Emergencies
10 March 2011

Côte D'Ivoire/Liberia: WFP Scales Up Amid Escalating Crisis

WFP is scaling up operations to provide food to growing numbers of people fleeing violence in the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire. “The number of refugees and displaced people is reaching worrying proportions and with violence continuing in Cote d’Ivoire it can only get worse,” says WFP’s Regional Director Thomas Yanga.

Responding to Emergencies
9 March 2011

WFP Responds To Humanitarian Crisis In North Africa

In response to the ongoing crisis in North Africa, WFP is launching a US$ 39.2 million emergency operation to provide food assistance to 1.06 million people. The food will go to vulnerable populations in Libya, and to people fleeing across borders into Tunisia and Egypt. 

Aid professionals
9 March 2011

'School Feeding Is A Safety Net In Times Of Crisis'

During times of vulnerability, keeping kids in school is an important part of society’s response, says Donald Bundy from the Human Development Network of the World Bank. Bundy, who spoke to WFP while attending a seminar in Rome earlier this month, said the financial and food price crisis of 2008 highlighted the value of school meals programmes.

Statement
8 March 2011

WFP Executive Director Hails Women As Secret Weapon In Fight Against Hunger

In a statement issued from France on Tuesday, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran marked the 100th International Women’s Day by recalling the great women who have changed the world, including France's own Joan of Arc, born in the same village as Sheeran's own grandmother. 

Responding to Emergencies
8 March 2011

Fleeing From Libya, Sudanese Mother Finds Safety, Food

Mai and her family are among the tens of thousands of people who have fled violence-torn Libya in recent weeks. Now, they are staying at a transit camp on the Tunisian border, waiting to be evacuated home to Sudan.

Responding to Emergencies
7 March 2011

WFP Responds to Humanitarian Crisis on Libya's Borders

In response to the ongoing crisis in North Africa, WFP is launching a US$ 39.2 million emergency operation to provide food assistance to 1.06 million people. The food will go to vulnerable populations in Libya, and to people fleeing across borders into Tunisia and Egypt. Get operational update

Responding to Emergencies
7 March 2011

Two Girls Demonstrate Power Of School Meals

As the world marks International Women’s Day this week, two East African girls called Fatuma and Nyipher are working hard to ensure they get the education they need to become the sort of women who won’t need food aid in the future. Both of their life stories involve the timely arrival of nutritious school meals.

Logistics
3 March 2011

Libya: WFP Calls For Safe Access As Food Ship Turns Back

WFP is calling for safe humanitarian access to Libya after a ship carrying food aid was forced to turn back on Thursday amidst security concerns. "This shows the scale of the challenge we face," said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.

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