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France Ensures Vital Support For Vulnerable Returnees In Bangui, C.A.R.

BANGUI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed gratitude to France for a contribution of €850,000 which is being used to help internally displaced people who have been living through months of conflict at the M’Poko airport in Bangui to return to home.

The donation has enabled WFP to purchase 73 metric tons of rice, as well as launch a voucher programme for returnees. Voucher-based assistance responds to people’s dietary needs,  provides them with choice and brings the added benefit of revitalizing local communities and stimulating the local economy.

The first official voucher distribution was marked at a ceremony today in Bangui, attended by a Representative of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Humanitarian Action, a Representative of the Embassy of France, the Mayor of the 1st Arrondissement, the Humanitarian Coordinator, and Representatives of World Vision, WHO, UNHCR, the Red Cross, and WFP in C.A.R.  

“This very timely and significant contribution from France means WFP can provide urgent food assistance to the most needy. The funds are crucial to the launch of vouchers in Bangui as well as safeguarding our support to 6,595 vulnerable people,” said Bienvenu Djossa, WFP Country Director in C.A.R.

Approximately 1.27 million people are facing food insecurity in the C.A.R.  In 2015, WFP and its partners plan to assist 1.2 million people in the worst affected areas. However, with only a third of its funding needs met, WFP urgently requires US$80 million to continue providing vital assistance to hungry families through to the end of the year.  

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 75 countries.
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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Adel Sarkozi, WFP West Africa Regional Bureau (Senegal), +221 776375964

Bienvenu Djossa, WFP CAR (Central African Republic), +236 72187500