Khartoum - Shootings, attacks on drivers and thefts of WFP-contracted trucks carrying critically needed food aid are part of a rapidly deteriorating security situation in the Darfur region of western Sudan. The incidents are seriously threatening WFP\'s ability to assist millions of people -- at a time when needs are increasing daily.
New York - At the end of a year marked by tragic humanitarian crises ranging from conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan to the carnage caused by a Tsunami in Asia, the head of WFP pays tribute to donors\' generosity but cautions that even more support is vital for the coming year.
Kampala WFP fed a record 2.85 million people in Uganda in 2004, thanks to the generous support of the international community. The biggest challenge was feeding some 1.9 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in misery and fear in the north of the country where the 18-year rebellion by the Lord\'s Resistance Army (LRA) continues to wreak havoc.
Rome - WFP sends its first truckloads of relief food to 12 districts in Sri Lanka devastated by the massive tidal surges sweeping the Indian Ocean region. The 168 tonnes of commodities are part of a WFP stockpile in the country of more than 4,000 tonnes of rice, wheatflour, lentils and sugar -- enough to provide an emergency ration to 500,000 people for two weeks.
Johannesburg - Millions of people across southern Africa are again confronted by the grim prospect of not having enough to eat during the Christmas season and beyond because the WFP lacks the funding to ensure adequate food supplies.
Bogota As insecurity continues to rise in northern Colombia, increasing the number of internally displaced people, WFP appeals for US$1.2 million to cover the immediate needs of 350,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), civilian victims of years of military strife in the country.