ALGIERS / MADRID – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has received a contribution of EUR 1.5 million from the Government of Spain to provide food assistance to the Saharawi refugee camps in Tindouf in western Algeria.
The Spanish donation will go towards the purchase of wheat flour, barley, rice and nutritious food to supplement the basic food basket of the refugee population. In addition, it will cover the transportation costs of an in-kind contribution of 500 metric tons of sugar donated by the Government of Cuba.
"This contribution represents important support to refugees in Tindouf, who depend on foreign aid to survive," said Pedro M. Figueiredo, WFP representative in Algeria. "The commitment of stable donors such as Spain, who, for years have supported this WFP operation, is fundamental to meeting basic needs of food and nutrition of the Sahrawi refugees in Algeria," he added.
Since 2010, the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) has contributed US$12.3 million to WFP programmes in the refugee camps of Tindouf.
"Spain maintains access to food security through its support to WFP, support that has been maintained over the years," said Manuel Sánchez-Montero, head of Humanitarian Action of the Spanish Cooperation. "Also, in collaboration with WFP, Spain works to attract the attention of other donors to ensure coverage of the essential needs of the refugee population for almost 40 years in the Algerian Hamada."
WFP has thanked the Government of Spain for supporting its operations to fight hunger around the world and in particular its commitment to the food security of the refugee population of Western Sahara. In the context of the current operation, WFP provides 90,000 general food rations and an additional 35,000 rations to the most vulnerable, with a nutritional value equivalent to 2,166 kilocalories per day.
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