News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

8 March 2004

WFP extends emergency assistance to Palestinians

Rome - Amid continuing violence and conflict in the Palestinian Territories and the resulting deprivations on the lives and livelihoods of the population, the WFP announced today that it will extend its emergency operation in the Territories for a further 12 months.
3 March 2004

Refugees Face Hunger in East and Central Africa

Nairobi - WFP has given a warning that it will have to cut basic food rations to refugees throughout eastern and central Africa unless immediate donations are received.
2 March 2004

WFP receives ECHO donation for Western Saharan refugees

Algiers WFP announces the European Commission\'s donation of 3.75 million euros (US$4.73 million) to support its operation in Algeria which assists over 155,000 Western Saharan refugees.
26 February 2004

WFP sends food to survivors of brutal LRA attack

Nairobi WFP starts to distribute food assistance to the survivors of a massacre that took place on Saturday night, 21 February. Lord\'s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels attacked and burned Barlonyo camp for displaced people in Lira District, Langi Sub-region, in northern Uganda.
25 February 2004

WFP emergency measures in DPRK: food supplies partially resume but more urgently needed

Pyongyang WFP announces that it has taken extraordinary measures to partially resume food supplies to North Korea\'s hungriest people. But it warned that 1.5 million vulnerable people will still go hungry over the next six weeks, and that without additional donations soon, millions of malnourished will be deprived of food in the second half of the year.
24 February 2004

Increasing need of food aid in Haiti as the security situation worsens

Port-au-Prince - Amid rapidly deteriorating security across Haiti, a crowd of looters has ransacked a WFP warehouse in the northern city of Cap Haitien, with the loss of 800 metric tons of food, mostly vegetable oil and pulses.
20 February 2004

Funding crisis forces WFP to reduce food rations for thousands of refugees in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa - WFP announces that it has been forced to reduce the amount of food distributed to refugees in Ethiopia due to lack of funding. The 126,000 refugees will only receive 70 percent of the food considered adequate for a healthy diet.
19 February 2004

WFP Head: Terrorists recruit from the poor and hungry

Canberra - Making his first official visit to Australia, the head of WFP called for increased international food aid as one of the most effective ways to alleviate the poverty and hunger that can breed terrorism and conflict.
17 February 2004

WFP airlifts food aid into Darfur

Nairobi - In a move to alleviate the suffering of tens of thousands of people displaced by the conflict in North Darfur, WFP has begun an airlift yesterday of some 500 metric tonnes of sorghum.
13 February 2004

WFP airlift supplies to refugges in Chad

N\'Djamena - WFP is to send an emergency airlift carrying critical relief supplies to Chad, where tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees are in need of assistance.


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