News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

9 October 2004

WFP distributes food to victims of Beslan tragedy

Moscow WFP has started the distribution of food assistance to the hundreds of children and adults caught up in the Beslan hostage-taking tragedy which left 338 dead and 747 injured.
9 October 2004

WFP helps 260,000 Ugandans return to their homes in the northeast

Kampala WFP starts providing food to help resettle more than 260,000 people driven from their homes in northeastern Uganda by fighting and attacks by the rebel Lord\'s Resistance Army (LRA)
8 October 2004

Angola returnees hit by serious funding shortfall

Johannesburg - An acute funding shortage is seriously hampering international efforts to resettle tens of thousands of people who fled their homes in Angola during the long civil war. WFP has received only US$45 million or 18 percent of its appeal for US$253 million to feed 1.4 million returning refugees and displaced people until the end of 2005. This has forced the agency to slash cereal rations by 50 percent.
3 October 2004

WFP and UNICEF launch emergency appeals to help over 600,000 women and children in Namibia

Johannesburg - WFP and UN Children\'s Fund (UNICEF) launch emergency appeals totalling US$5.8 million to help more than 600,000 orphans, vulnerable children and women in Namibia, who are suffering from the combined effects of erratic weather, severe poverty and the worsening HIV/AIDS epidemic.
30 September 2004

WFP sends world's biggest cargo plane with aid for Haitian flood victims

Rome - A giant Antonov-124 cargo plane took off from the United Nations Humanitarian Depot in Brindisi today carrying 100 metric tons of High Energy Biscuits provided by WFP for the thousands of victims of last week\'s devastating floods in northwest Haiti. The flight is expected to arrive in Port au Prince on Friday.
28 September 2004

Almost two million drought-affected people will need relief food in Lesotho, Malawi and Swaziland

Johannesburg WFP launches an appeal for US$78 million to provide emergency aid to 1.85 million people in the first half of 2005 in three drought-affected southern African states Lesotho, Malawi and Swaziland.
28 September 2004

Survey shows high prevalence of food insecurity in Iraq

WFP announces the results of an unprecedented survey in Iraq which concludes that some 6.5 million people 25 percent of the entire population remain highly dependent on food rations and are therefore vulnerable.
27 September 2004

WFP appoints Mahmoud Yassin as Ambassador against hunger

Dubai- WFP has appointed Mahmoud Yassin, one of the best-known Egyptian and Arab film stars of all time, as an "Ambassador against Hunger" to help raise awareness of the plight of the more than 800 million hungry people around the world.
27 September 2004

WFP supporting local farmers cooperative by purchasing maize from Manica

Maputo For the first time in its ongoing emergency operation in Mozambique, WFP has purchased 100 tons of maize from a Mozambican farmer\'s cooperative in Manica province. The maize will be used as food aid in the districts of Tambara, Guro and Macossa, where WFP is assisting vulnerable people suffering from the second year of drought.
23 September 2004

55,000 hit by drought in Bolivia's El Chaco region

La Paz, Bolivia Some 55,000 people are being severely affected by a prolonged drought in El Chaco region with serious damages to crops, affecting drinking water availability and the health situation in the region, one of the driest areas of the country comprising 16 municipalities in the Departments of Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca and Tarija.


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